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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. Loraine Gardner" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:51:05 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Good Day Dearest,

Good Day Dearest,

I pray this mail finds you in a state of your sound health and indomitable spirit. Please, I would like to confide in you for your honesty and truth for progress. I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business.

Let me introduce myself to you, I am Mrs. Loraine Gardner from Republic of Ireland, born in the state of Ohio USA. I am legally married to Mr. James Gardner, a South Africa citizen born brought up in Switzerland, I live in Switzerland with my husband for 17 years before we move down to South Africa in 1991 after my husband retirement in 1990, I am 59 years old by the grace of god. I am a god fearing person, and I am suffering from long time (illness) cancer of the breast. This illness (sickness) has troubled me for a long time.

All indication from my doctor that my condition is really deteriorating and getting worse; and it is quite obvious that I wouldn’t live more than three months, according to my doctor and in all indication regards to medical analysis. This is because the cancer disease has gotten to a very bad stage that no hope for me to be a living person again. My dear husband was involved with the January 2000 Kenya airways plane crashed as you can see on the news line web site.

40 years period of marriage life, we could not produce any child, my late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited some part of his business and money in the bank. The doctor has advised me that I may not live for more than three months and 2 weeks and warn me to stop from thinking over who is going to inherit me and the wealth. Based on that, today I have decided to donate and contribute to the less privileges, charity homes, and orphanage homes and to those displaced by wars going on in the middle-east and around the world. I made this decision after listing to the news line about 100 years old woman who secretly donated her fortune and wealth upon her death,

I choose you after after much prayers as I'm devoted christian and always doing thr right thing as I have the confident in you because I have prayed. I am willing to donate the sum of $20.5million U.S dollars, to the less privileged of which you will be responsible in taking care of the disbursement and sharing of this money to organizations that I will appoint. Meanwhile, you will also get 30% of the money which will be; six million and one hundred thousand dollars ($6,100,000) as your compensation for helping me fulfill this desire of donation.

Please I want you to note that this fund is still in the bank where my late husband deposited it. I am going to advice my lawyer to change my last will to your name and file in an application for the transfer of the money in your name. Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred to your account will be used for the said purpose even though I am late then or alive, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition is not always the final thing in life or death if you do not help people as well when they need it. please bear it in mind that that all the money will rightfully belong to your name as quickly as I get your reply, and I made the promise to god that the fund will be used to help the needy and the less privilege.

May the grace of our lord the love of god and the fellowship of god be with you and your family, please further discussion contact me with my email address: reply me through this email:

I await kind response and my regards to your family.
Remain Blessed,
Mrs. Loraine Gardner.

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