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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. Irene Shawcross" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:01:21 +0200
Subject: I Prefer You.

Greetings My Dear Friend,
My name is Mrs. IreneShawcross; I am a dying woman, my health condition
is not good as I am talking to you right now, because of this I have
decided to donate the little I have to the Charities based on the
instructions given to me by my late husband Mr. HendricksShawcross; who
passed away in a plane crash on his way to execute a contract job in
Switzerland. I am 70years old and was diagnosed ofcancer about four
years ago, but before the Death of My husband who was a Marine engineer
and contractor, we had no single child of our own to count on; So we
were touched and decided to donate from what we have inherited and
owned; my late husband and I made this decision after I was diagnosed
with cancer, to use the remainder of what we have for the good work
rather than allow his relatives to lavishmy husband's hard earned wealth
and money, although they have already looted and taken a lot and they
are nowhere to be found around me now, because I have been in the
hospital bed with this sickness of cancer. My health will not permit me
to do these things I decided with my late husbandeach day that passes
by, evenalthough I am afraid to die, but life gives me no other choice.
That is why I searched for you contact details.

I managed to get your contact details online in my desperate search for
a trustworthy person to assist me in this project of donation, and you
will also benefit financially from it. Recently, the doctors told me I
might not live longer than 3 months after they diagnosed me of
chronic/acute lymphoma or myelitis [leukemia]. Leukemia is ablood cancer
in both the bone marrow and in blood itself, leukemia cells crowd out
normal blood cells leading to serious bleeding and infection. I have
been undergoing blood transfusion and it hasfinished my little savings
in my hand although I belong to the high and rich, but now I eat like a
person who has nothing, as a result of this sickness my purse is empty.
I want you to help me in carrying out my last wish on earth which will
be very profitable to us. I want to WILL/Donate to you the total sum of
$20.5millionUS-Dollars (Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand US
Dollars), which I want you to distribute part of it to any charity home
for me in your country and the rest for yourself and your family. I will
inform you on how to share all as part of instructions from my late
husband before his death;you will get 20% of the money as your
compensation for helping me and my late husband to fulfill this project.
Please for further information contact me ASAP. Please reply as quickly
as you can, based on the fact that this is very urgent. You can also
call me if you can, although I am in and out the hospital for treatment,
but once the hospital gives me chance to use my phone I will answer your
call or call you back. So send your direct phone numbers as you reply
back to me.
Here is my Direct email address ( and .Phone:

Regards in sincerity,

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