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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.Kimberly Curseen" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2019 18:35:16 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Hello Dear

Hello Dear

My name is Mrs Kimberly Curseen, I am a dying woman who has decided to
donate what I have to you/church. I am 77 years old and I was diagnosed
for cancer for about 2 years ago, immediately after the death of my
husband, who has left me everything he worked for and because the
doctors told me I will not live longer than some weeks because of my
health, I decided to donate the sum of $8,400,000 (Eight million four
hundred thousand dollars) to you for the good work of humanity, and
also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the
assistance of the widows.

I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly,and
please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.
Contact my lawyer (Barr. Smith Tabor) with this specified email: ( barr. ) and tell him that I have donated ($8,400,000.00) to
you and I have also notified him. I know I don’t know you but I have
been directed to do this. my lawyer will assist you to claim the money
from Bay Federal Credit Union bank Georgia,USA. where it is being

Thanks and God bless.

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until
the  task is accomplished as I don't want anything that will jeopardize
my last wish.

Mrs.Kimberly Curseen,

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