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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 Debbie Freeman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:27:04 -0700
Subject: FRIEND

Dear Beloved One In Christ,

My name is Sister Debbie Freeman from Utah,United States, I'm a widow suffering from Breast Cancer and as a result i may not last till the next two months according to my doctor report. I'm married to late Pastor Johnson Freeman,and we were married for many years without any child before his death. I'm 69 years old woman and I am deaf i don't hear. I have some funds i inherited from my late husband the sum of ($25.8 million dollars)(Twenty-Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand United State dollars) with Barclays Bank Plc,London,Uk, and all our jewelries Diamonds and Golds With the Bank Also As Well. My dearest beloved one in Christ can i trust you to distribute our life earns to the Motherless Homes and Churches and Haiti Suffering people?

We lived all day in London,Uk, since he was working here as a contractor and got share's with Coca cola Company here, but quite unfortunately,he died in a fire burnt, he burn to ashes none of is body was found.

I must let you know that these was a very hard decision, but I had to take a bold step towards these issue because I have no further option, I hope you will help see my last wishes come true.As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank in London,Uk so that you can get in touch with them and the fund will be released to you.Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein

Please make sure you check your email often and often as i can communicate you only via email as you know i can only communicate with you via email my dear beloved and please use this fund accordingly my dear beloved.God bless You

I honestly want this matter to be resolved immediately.
kindly fill up this requirements

Your full name:
Your country:
Contact phone/fax number

Reply to:

Yours Sincerely,
Sister Debbie Freeman

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