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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: "MRS BETTY DOUGLAS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 01:30:04 +0800
Subject: I`m Mrs.Betty Douglas, I NEED YOUR URGENT REPLY !!!

I`m Mrs.Betty Douglas,

I am from United Kingdom England, affected with cancer of the breast. My condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live any more. Because the cancer stage has gotten its 3rd stage said by my Doctor. I have now, decided to divide part of my fortune/Wealth's,by contributing to the Charities & Motherless. I am willing to donate the sum of 10,500,000.00,Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars,to the poor and Less Privileged ones through you.

Your percentage will be 30% for the efforts you have showed for the less privilege and Orphans, Can you be of good help? contact me on my Private E-mail ( Please reply with your reachable Mobile Phone Number and Scan copy of your International Passport Or National Driving License to be use for the Paying Bank.

God Bless you !!!
Mrs, Betty Douglas.

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