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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: "Alice Kiesten" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 04:10:08 -0800
Subject: Re: Donation for Charity.. 62.80

My beloved,

I am Alice Kiesten, an aging widow suffering from the cancer disease for a long period of time and my only son (Kevine) later died in a motor accident. I have (US$60M) I want to donate for humanitarian aid.

If you can use these funds on my behalf please reply to me. Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Yours in Christ.
Alice Kiesten

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