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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. MONA H ALI" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 02:16:21 +0200 (CEST)

Dearest One I am Mrs.MONA H ALI. I am 51 years Old Woman from
(Paris) France, I married to Mr. Ali HASSAN. who worked with our
(Paris) France Embassy here for ten years before he died. We were
married for Nine years without a child. And He died
after a brief illness that lasted for only Six days.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Ten Million
five hundred thousand United State Dollars.($10.5 million dollars))
left in one Of the Bank here, And My Doctor told me that I would not
last for the next four months do to my cancer problem. Having known
my condition (cancer of lever and stroke) dear,I need a Good honest
and God's fearing person who can use This Funds for Charity works,
widows and also build schools for less privilege that will be named
after my late husband if possible.

More details later
Thank and remain bless
I will be waiting to receive your email


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