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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:

Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 15:50:50 -0700


We are writhing to know if it's true that you are DEAD? This is Because we have
received a notification/ Authorization from one MRS.ANNE WILLIAMS mandating us
to transfer your funds to her Canadian Bank account.

Be informed that we discovered the said funds in your name through
your Email address.
But we are surprise that MRS.ANNE WILLIAMS indicated that you are dead
and therefore
has requested us to hand over your funds to her .

Kindly get in touch with us if you are still alive to avoid wrong payment or
diversion of your funds.

Kindly reply via my private email address only (

Gary Larson

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