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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: "Ms Gunn Waersted" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2019 19:16:13 -0700
Subject: Re:

Dear Sir/Madam,

This email must come to you as a surprise, but I believe that it takes just a day for people to meet and become great friends and business partners. This is a personal and private letter directed to you and I request that it be treated as such.

Please you need firstly signify your interest by contacting me via e-mail, and then I will appraise you with complete details as soon as I obtain your confidence. Rest assured that this proposal is hitch-free and you need not entertain any fears as all procedures will be within the confines of the law. Also note that successful transfer of the Fund to your nominated account can be achieved within 14 Banking days of signifying your interest. Like I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this.

Warmest Regards

Ms Gunn Waersted

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