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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. Amelie Adison" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2019 23:24:44 +0800
Subject: Dearest


I am Mrs. Amelie Adison , 68yeas of age from England, married to an Australia citizen I came across your profile and decided to mail you,I am a cancer patient . looking for a trust I can trust to join hands together and use my live saving to help the less privileges since I know my days are numbered.

I look forward to your reply for further explanation

Yours Faithfully
Mrs. Amelie Adison

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