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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: 30 Oct 2019 15:21:28 -0700

My Beloved In The Lord.

I am Mrs. Nesbit (Citizen of the United States of America), an elderly
widow who suffers from a prolonged illness (cancer),

I am currently admitted to a private hospital, I have some funds that
I inherited from my late husband, Mr.
Willem Frank Nesbit, which he deposited in a bank, and I need a very
honest and God fearing family that can use these funds for the work of
God and 20% of the total funds will be for their compensation for
doing this work of God in charity home in your country.

Please, if your Family will be able to use these funds for the Lord's
work, respond kindly for more details.

Thank you for your contributions and keep blessing. your sister in the Lord
Mrs. Nesbit Helen

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