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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. Ana Harry" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:09:38 +0000
Subject: project


With your permission I want to present to you my sincere initiatives
and proposals.

In the spirit of faith, solidarity, humanity and common sense appeal
to your wisdom and kindness as a human of this planet with the request
friendship sustains me if you consider setting up a foundation for
humanitarian work with 15million American United States dollars
inherited from my late husband who was an industrialist.
I decided to donate these funds because I have no child and my days
are numbered according to my physician who always examines my health
because I was diagnosed by serious lung and breast cancer and will be
going for my third surgical operation next week, I want you to use
these funds nationally and internationally to people without hope,
against which we must not be careless.

I am Mrs. Anna Harry Aged 62, and childless, always cheerful with
a desire to do good and give those who need help. The principles which
I rely in life are faith, humanity, solidarity, respect and trust.

Please always put me in your daily prayers so that God will grant more
days to my leaving and confirm these funds into your hand.

Hoping to hearing from you soonest with your information that I will
submit to the bank for the transfer of this money to your account and
your delays in replying to this message will create an avenue of
searching for another person that will understand the nature of my
situation in other to handle this donation funds gloriously to the
Kingdom of God.

I am urgently expecting your kind acceptance reply in this email
address for more details (
Remain blessed with your family.

Mrs. Ana Harry

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