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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 Selin Elias <>
Reply-To: Mrs Selin Elias <>
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 23:07:22 +0900 (JST)


I am Mrs Selin Eliias, an aging widow suffering from long time cancer illness. I have some funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum of (US $3M,000 000,) Three Million United State Dollars and I need a very honest and God fearing person that will use this fund for God's work. I have contacted you with faith and trust, hoping that you will not disappoint me. Please if you would be able to use this funds for the good work of God and humanity, kindly reply me as soon as possible. Your delay in respond will make me search for another person.

Yours dearest sister,

Mrs Selin Eliias

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