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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. Shneor Ilana." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 21:58:43 -0000
Subject: Re:Cooperation::

My apology as I am contacting you through email; It is because it serves as the fastest and more convenient way to get to you.
I am Mrs. Shneor Ilana from Israeli I and my Late husband was a Broker and Oil Dealer in Middle East, I request your assistance for this reason after the death of my husband I find out that my husband has some funds in an offshore account (Ten Million United States Dollars) without a beneficiary Details: I want you to receive the fund due my healthy condition is bad I was diagnosed with a deadly cancer about one year ago before I went back to Israeli. I want to invest this fund in your company or have a joint venture with you..
I will appreciate your reply for more details about me and the my
Mrs. Shneor Ilana.

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