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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "info" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:09:37 +0100
Subject: Re: Good day
This message comes to you from the hospital, so it is very urgent that you respond immediately. I am an aging widow- 68years suffering from cancer disease for many years to the extent that my latest medical report proves that I will only live for months on this earth. Having known my condition, I decided to give you the money I inherited from my late husband so that you would use it to carry out a charity project in your country. Moreover, my late husbandâs brothers have plundered all properties and wealth since my sickness become worst, except the fund in the bank which i refused to disclose to them.