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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. MELISSA LEWIS" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:20:40 -0800
Subject: MY DONATION OF (EURO 4,000,000.00) CHARITY

I am writing to seek your consent to conduct humanitarian projects, I suffer from advanced cancer that prevents me from realizing my dreams. Doctor informed me that my days are numbered because of my health degrading. That is why I want to Send these sum of money to you (EURO 4,000,000.00) Four million Euro so that you can use it to help the Orphanages,homeless and Widows. 35% for you while you use 65% for the project,if you think you can give these poor children and poor widow a glimmer of hope and joy then let me know by replying to my private email which is,Thanks for your cooperation and assistance.


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