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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 Sue Bownd" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:08:03 -0600
Subject: Dear beloved

Dear beloved

Please accept my unreserved apology if this short humanitarian proposition offends your sensitivity. I intend no insult or harm. My name is Sue Bownd, Singaporean, 57 years Old. I have a proposition which I am convinced within me that you can handle it.

I am Christian and would love to reach out to those in need but I need your help since I am not totally strong to sustain the stress and handle the process of this project hence I am honestly soliciting for your help believing that by the Mercy of God, you will not decline my proposal.

I will give you more details as soon as I read from you with the following particulars. Do reply me thru this

Your full name
Phone number
Your age and Profession.
Your urgent response will be appreciated and May the good Lord bless you.

Respectfully yours,
Mrs Sue Bownd.

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