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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. Marie Smith" <>
Date: Sat, 02 May 2020 07:48:44 +0100
Subject: "MARIE FOUNDATION" help the less privileged

Hello, With Due Respect,

My name is Mrs Marie Smith, was married to Late Dr. IDRISU Smith, We
were married for 32 years without a child. My late husband was a
businessman and Gold merchant but he was poisoned by his business
partners. And Recently, My Doctor told me that I will undergo a
Surgery (Cancer) and I may not survive it or live longer than required
due to my health condition. I inherited a total sum of $2.6M. (Two
Million, Six Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) from my late
husband, which is deposited in a bank . Having known my condition, I
decided to donate this fund to any God fearing man or woman who will
use the money the way I am going to instruct. I want somebody who will
fulfil the desire of I and my late husband to help the less privileged
people, orphanages and the widows in our society. I took this decision
because according to my history, I was once an orphan who was raised
from orphanage home in America.

This is why I am taking this decision to hand over this fund to you in
good faith and measure to help the less privileged by opening a
foundation you will call "MARIE FOUNDATION". If you are interested in
to handle this project, please give me your, name, address, profession
and telephone numbers for me to get the inheritance letter for you as
soon as possible. I have a limited time to live, I am not afraid of
death, hence I know where I am going. I want you to always remember me
in your daily prayers because of my upcoming Cancer of the breast
Surgery. Kindly contact me if you are interested to carry out this
humanitarian duty.

Send me below info to my private Email:

Full Name:
Full Address:
Telephone/ Cell Phone No:

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Marie Smith

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