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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. Helen Acheson." <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:32:31 +0100
Subject: Accept my warm regards.

Mrs. Helen Acheson.
2583 Rue de ville,
Cote d’Ivoire.
                                              Donation for Humanitarian  and charity services.
My Greetings,
I once again try to reach you as my earlier message to you returned undelivered. I am presently very ill in a hospital from the Stroke that happened to me shortly after the death of my husband.
I also thank God for the help and assistance i receiving from a nurse in the hospital who is also a believer (Nurse Rebecca); she even helped me write this message.
I have contacted you because there is the sum of €2,200,000.00 (Two Million Two Hundred Thousand Euros) deposited in a bank here by my late husband and i have chosen to donate this money so that you can use it to bring relief to the needy where it is most needed.
If you look round, you can see that there are a lot of handicapped children in many charity homes and motherless babies homes suffering from things like Autism and other handicaps etc. Even adults suffering from different health challenges that need help so as have a better tomorrow.
There can never be a better time to show them love and let them know that someone out there cares.
Please if i reach you this time around as i am hopeful, endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible so that this noble project can be completed to the glory of his holy name and those in need of our love and support.
If you are truly ready, kindly reply me through my more confidential Mail Id:
I await your prompt response.
Mrs. Helen Acheson.

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