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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: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:38:05 -0700

My Dear One,

My name is Mrs Gill Marcus a citizen of South Africa, Maybe you have
forgotten about me because it has been long when You are my formal
business transaction partner for my late Husband funds that i want to
transfer to your bank account in the past but it was unsuccessful
then.Therefore i later found another partner in the same country of
yours which i was successful transferred the funds into his bank account
and i am happy that it is successful and i am in Houston Texas USA and i
and my partner are traveling to panama-Republic of Panama to enjoy our

Mean while i didn't forget your past efforts and zeal to assist me at
that time. Personally I love being transparent and i decided to
compensate you with something which i bought some gift for you and they
are listed: Four(4) iPhone 7 Plus/ Four(4) Apple Laptops and one(1) Gold
wrist watch with Five Hundred Thousand USDollars($500,000.00 USD)
packaged together with the items mention above,Please i want you to bear
it in mind that i didn't let the Apple Courier Express Delivery know
that there are funds inside the package and i did it because i want to
compensate you to show appreciation for your pass effort.

Therefore I have register the package with the Apple Courier Express
Delivery and you are to contact them with the below details and also you
will contact them with the Items Order Number: 0097775043 for
identification of the package.

Apple Courier Express Delivery
Address: 1547 Laird St Houston, TX 77008
Phone Number:+1 (281) 962 3920

Please make sure that you contact the above company with your delivery
details such as your full name/ Home address and your phone number and
please do not disclose the content of the package to them.
Mrs Gill Marcus
You can reach me with my private email address:
and i normal check my mail every day.

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