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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: "Mr. Alexei Ghenova" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2019 18:07:58 -0000
Subject: Claim Your Next of Kin/Inheritance

I am Mr. Alexei Ghenova, A widower who is presently diagnosed with cancer, having been living with cancer for longtime now. I have decided to donate my last funds in the amount of 35.5 Millon Dollars to charity such as less-privileged ones,orphanage and homes for destitute . This is because I have a very short time to live according to medical practitioners. I have a change of heart now, and want to help humanity with your assistance helping me to donate the fund to the orphanage and run a Charity organization Program in your country.

I grew up as an Orphan and I don't have anybody as my family member.You will take 30% percent of the fund as your own effort and the remaining of it, is for the proposed project.If you assure me that you are honesty ,transparency, integrity and capable , will act accordingly as I Stated. As I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last wish.

Contact me,wiht my privat email ( you are interested and willing to handle the fund and proposed project.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank and I will send authorization letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of my funds in the bank as my next of kin and if you assure me that you are honest and capable, will act accordingly as I Stated .

God be with you.

Sincerely Yours

Mr. Alexei Ghenova

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