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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: "Ms. Rebecca Johnson" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:23:15 +0100

Hello, my name is Ms. Rebecca Johnson; I hope this email will not
bother you? I'm from Canada, a dying widow suffering from cancer
leukemia and has decided to donate some of my wealth to a reliable
individual or cooperate Organization that will use my finance in the
amount of $7,200,000.00 Million for charity work because i don't have
any child to inherit the fund when am no more alive, So if you are
also interested and willing to accept this offer and do exactly as I
will instruct, kindly reply back to me for more explanations through
my private email address, ( )

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