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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.Amelia George" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2018 12:15:10 -0200
Subject: Re: Mrs.Amelia George

Dear Sir,

My name is Mrs.Amelia George I am 72 years old, I am a dying woman who
have decided to donate what I have to you/churches/ motherless

I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my
late husband to you for good work of God.

Please kindly let me know if you can assist me receive my funds and
distribute to charity of your choice the sum of $25million United state
Dollars. I am willing to give you 20% for your time and effort.

Your sister in Christ,

Mrs.Amelia George

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