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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: "Lisa Gammon" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 00:17:36 -0700
Subject: Beloved,

I am Mrs Lisa Gammon, A deaf widow to late Sydney Gammon from Columbus, Ohio in United States Of America.I couldn't produce a child throughout my marriage with my late husband. Presently,am receiving treatment in the hospital where i have spent more than a year now,am suffering from long time cancer of the breast,from all indication my condition is really deteriorating because it has gotten to the bad stage,my doctor said it's obvious i will not live for more than six months.

I inherited my husband's businesses and wealth after his death totalling US$18,000,000.00(Eighteen Million US Dollars) currently deposited with a bank in my name, after several severe prayers and considering my health condition i decided for the whole funds to be donated to charity and also for the development of charity foundations like schools,hospitals etc, in Asia,America,Europe and Africa.

My lawyer made me to understand that there are lot of scam letters going viral on the internet but this is no scam but real,your sincere assistance will save many life in the world,let your heart be touched to hear my cry.

You will be compensated with 20% of the total sum which is US$3,600,000.00(Three Million Six Hundred Thousand U S Dollars) after you receive the whole funds in your bank account in your country while the remaining 80% which is US$14,400,000.00(Forteen Million Four Hundred Thousand Dollars) will be utilized by you strictly on charity foundation in my name e.g(Lisa Gammon charity foundation,schools,hospitals etc).

If you are interested kindly get back to me immediately on my private email address below for more

Be blessed,
Lisa Gammon

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