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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: Ecrin Yilmas <>
Date: 14 Apr 2019 07:18:18 -0700

Dear in Christ

With an absolute believe that good people still exist in this
ungodly world, I embarked on a research and by the grace of God,
I found your email and I decided that it is pertinent to contact
you for the purpose of offering charity help to the poor people .

I am Rev. Sister Ecrin Yilmas served at Church of Santa Maria
Draperis Istanbul Turkey, I am 68years and suffering from chronic
tract cancer. From all consultations, my condition has become
worse and I have been made to understand by Doctors that I may
not live more than 2months if I insist to embark on the next
surgery scheduled to be held Next Month in Bern Switzerland and I
have been scared about this. Moreover, I have no child of my
own because my spiritual commitment does not permit me to marry.

I have been keeping myself strong through this wonderful Bible
verses, Psalms 119:116.....Uphold me according unto thy word,
that I may live and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Psalms
138:7...Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou will revive
me. Psalms 41:1....Blessed is he that considered the poor, the
lord God will deliver him in the time of trouble. Therefore I
believe that my God will give me victory in this my time of

So, I have now decided to donate all my life savings, which
turns out to be at the sum of $7,350,000.00USD (Seven Million
Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand USA Dollars) to you. I grant you
the permission to use 45% of this fund for your personal needs
which I believe will be beneficial to your family, while you use
the remaining 55% for charity work by establishing a foundation
in your country under my name, so as to immortalize my name when
my existence on this earth ends.

This Money is deposited in a reliable bank in Turkey, Presently I
have informed my Attorney about my decision to Will this fund to
you, you are to get back to me immediately if you are interested
in carrying out this task, so that I will instruct you on how to
get in contact with my Attorney and Account officer.

Lastly, I know I have never met you or set my eyes on you
before, but through prayers and fasting with my spiritual
adviser, Rev Fr Emre Bora Vincent, I was able to choose your
address among all I came across with and my mind tells me to
inform you about this. Provide the information below via my
private email address ( in other to
fulfill this which borders me most:

YOUR NAME:………………?

Rev. Sis. Ecrin Yilmas

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