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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. Eva Lendel" <>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2019 06:20:38 -0800

Greetings from Mrs. Eva Lendel.
I hope my mail gets to you in good faith,
I was push to contact you here, It's true we do not know each other but my=
spirit led me to write this email to you, so please don't be annoyed or em=
barrassed. I have a very urgent Beneficial Business Project for you worth m=
illions dollars. I will give you more details as regards to this project as=
soon as you notify me of your interest.
I will need you to assist me in executing this Proposal from my country to=
your country.
Please reply to this email: for more details.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Thanks and Best Regards,
Mrs. Eva Lendel.

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