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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Jennifer Brian" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2017 22:14:19 +0300
Subject: Hi Dear we been trying to reach you

Hello Dear.

My name is Mrs. Jennifer Brian, an aging widow, suffering from Cancer illness here in Florida Hospital Orlando, i have some funds which i inherited from my late husband, the sum of ($3.7 Million Dollars) and i needed a very honest and sincere individual or co-operate organization that will use the fund for work of humanity by helping the less privilege and build Churches around the world.

I found your e-mail address from the Human Resources Data Base and decided to contact you, Please if you would be able to use the funds for the work of humanity as i have stipulated above in order to fulfill my late husband last wishes and if you are interested please kindly reply me back immediately through my private e-mail:

Also reply with your personal data as bellow and my lawyer will contact you immediately for more details and further documentation process.

(1) Your Full Name........
(2) Full Residential Address: (P.O.BOX NOT ALLOWED)
(3) Country/State..........
(4) Direct and Current Phone No.
(5) Int. Passport or Drivers License Identification

Mrs. Jennifer Brian

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