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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. Betty Jo Murphy" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 11:33:14 -0500

First i think i would start all with a proper introduction of myself...I am Mrs Betty Jo Murphy, a widow to Late Anderson Murphy. I am 76 years old,suffering from long time cancer of the breast From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than four months after my next surgery, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe stage. My personal physician told me that I may not live for more than 2 months and I am so scared about it . I have no child of mine, even though i wish i had. It is late now you know , since i can not get married again , and age is no longer on my side.
Thanks and God bless you, I have no child of mine, even though i wish i had .It is late now you know , since i can not get married again , and age is no longer on my side. So I now decide to divide part of my wealth, by contributing to the development of the motherless baby homes, needy, poor, charity homes and widows too.I am willing to donate the huge sum of $11.5million USD  which is still the major inheritance i have left.
But i cant do this all alone as i would like to select you as my next of kin to receive this funds from the bank on my behalf so you can actualise my humanitarian assistance dream as so much time is no longer on my side.
Depositors Name: Mrs. Betty Jo Murphy
Batch no: 000641710916
Year Deposited: 2007
Secret Question: Who is Depositor
Answer: Mrs. Betty Jo Murphy
Security Code: 61/2006/SEC09
Name: Mr. John Arthur       
Managing Director Of Fifth Third Bank

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