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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: 25 Dec 2021 05:06:46 +0100
Subject: $2.5M (Two Million five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Charity Fundation.

Hello friend,

Greetings to you!

Actually, I got your contact details in my search for a reputable person to accept my proposal which content are a bit detailed.

I am Mrs. Collen Markhall   from United Kingdom, my decision to contact you is because I have been recently diagnosed with Lungs Cancer and the doctor said I have less than 6 months to live, since this sudden news was announced to me, I have been reflecting over my life in the past, is painful that after over 26 years of peaceful marriage with my late Husband Mr. Biden, we lost the only child that would have inherited our numerous wealth.

In the past, I have made reasonable donations to the victims of Earthquake in Haiti and recently to the same victims in Japan and Thailand, now that my health is gradually deteriorating, I cannot continue to do all these by myself any more, I strongly desire to reach out to the poor and needy people, but I would prefer to continue this with the assistance of a kind person. I want you to answer the following questions:

1. Are you a God fearing person?
2. If I donate $2.5M (Two Million five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to you, will you be able to utilize it wisely to achieve my heart desire of supporting poor people around you?
3. Will you open a charity foundation in the name of my late husband and me?

I want you to set up a motherless baby’s home in my memorial when I am gone, then keep 25% of the money for your effort.

Please reply me directly as soon as possible:

Hope to hear from you soon.
Yours sincerely.

Mrs. Collen Markhall
United Kingdom
Whatsapp Number:   +447990113689


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