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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 Sonia Wilson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 09:51:53 -0700
Subject: Hello beloved !

Dear Friend

I’m Mrs Sonia Wilson, the wife to Geert Wilson, a regional finance director
in europe for Vanguard Logistics Services in Antwerp died untimely in
an Egypt Air crash of 2016. You can view this web site for your
perusal to find the name of my late husband .

I’m from Belgium , I lost my husband few months ago and I have been
living with the pain till date. We are hospitable people and decided
to serve mankind to the best of our ability. Since the death of my
husband Geert I have lived with the memories, fighting effortlessly to
live a normal life but all to no avail. I suffered psychologically and
shortly was diagnosed of Cancer. I write to you, having sourced your
address from a database in my late husband’s internet dozier after
fervent prayers. Before his death, my family had a joint account and
deposited the sum of $45,000,000 with a security firm in USA.

The purpose of this email is to propose an investment plan to you
using the funds with the security company in USA. Regardless of where
you are, in or outside the states, I will be willing to support your
business on the basis that 30% of your turnover from my capital given
to you would be used for charity donations. This is absolutely risk
free and requires no payment to acquire. I am doing this because I
have less than 3months to live as a human I therefore need a reliable
fellow to champion my course by receiving this funds, investing it in
private business and donating 30% of profit generated to the less
privilege or if you are not into any business, you can receive the
funds as my next of kin and assist me in distributing it to the less
privilege but you must be honest ,do not bother responding if you are
not honest or sincere but if you are Reply me to this email if you
are interested for further details.

Kinds Regards
Mrs Sonia Wilson

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