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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. Feier Alla" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2020 01:31:14 -0700
Subject: Hi!

Dear friend,

My name is Mrs. Feier Alla. I am writing to you from a sick bed as a result of my present medical condition. I am suffering from cancer and my personal doctor confided in me that I have a few more weeks to live.

In view of this setback, I am looking for a good and trustworthy person whom I can entrust my life savings for humanitarian assistance.

Please send me your nationality and your current place of residence if only I can truly trust you that you are going to use this money to build an Orphanage home in your community and help the widows and the less privileged in your Country.

Sincere regards,

Mrs.Alla Feier.

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