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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: "=?utf-8?Q?Mrs=20Vanida=20Kuma?=" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 03:24:58 +0100
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?YOUR=20HELP=20IS=20NEEDED=2E?=

Attn sir /madam,

My name is Mrs Vanida Kuma, I am from Indonesia but my husband is from India Shillong and we live in America, I lost my husband on
August 16, 2016. Meanwhile I have been fighting from cancer that I suffered for a long time and my doctor Said that now my disease level is
out of control again and I have a few more months to live. Before the death of my husband, he worked on a $ 4.7 million contract with the US
government, but his death took him away before the money was sent to my bank account in Canada as we both lived in Canada before we
relocated to United States,whereas my husband was a philanthropist before his death, he also encouraged me to help the poor, Because since
we were married we have not been able to have children until death separates us. and i have deposited 700,000.00 $ to the hospital for my
treatment, I plan to send the remaining Four million dollars to you so you will help me to give it to Poor people and widows there in your
country as ordered by my late husband because we have no children to inherit this money, please do not distinguish religion, race, ethnicity
when handling this project. Trying to reply me immediately for more information.

I want to give this money to the less fortunate people there through you, thanks for your attention to my situation and I pray that God will give
you a good heart to handle this project with sincerity because I will not be there watching you For this project or know how you spend money,
but God will be there to see you, you have to take 30% of the total money for your personal use and use the rest for charity, do not let a friend
or a bad family member to deceive you to use all the money for yourself because the consequences will be on you. I want you to send me your
personal data such as your full name, full address, phone number, picture of each of your ID card and tell me what kind of work you are
working on right now, I will contact the bank manager If he know the best way to send money to you in your Country . Dear Please keep this
very secret, do not tell anyone about this money until you receive and save money, this is my address No. 614 S. Federal Highway, Fo rt
Lauderdale, FL 33301 United State.

Please complete your data such as,

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Bank Account :-

You can contact me on my private email which is " ". I await your reply immediately.


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