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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.Adrian Bush.." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2020 00:37:17 -0700
Subject: Greetings to You!

Greetings to You!

How are you and your family? I hope you all are fine.I am very happy to read your profile. I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart, Life has a ways of changing your plans even if you are not ready for the change. Well I don't have any alternative than this medium through which I have contact you since internet correspondence is the option left for me. My full name is Adrian Bush. I am a widow, married without kid i was Born in the United Arab Emirates Dubai but American citizen.

I was diagnosed for cancer for about 2 years ago, immediately after the death of my husband, who has left me everything he worked for and because the doctors told me I will not live longer than some weeks because of my health, I decided to WILL/donate the sum of $5.400,000 (Five million four hundred thousand dollars) to you for the good work of humanity, and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows.

I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly,and please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.Contact my lawyer David Turner. with this specified Email:( and tell him that I have WILLED $5.400,000.00 (Five million four hundred thousand United State Dollars only) to you and I have also notified him. I know I don?t know you but I have been directed to do this. Thanks and God bless.I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last wish.You will kown the truth and the truth will set you free John 8:32

Mrs.Adrian Bush.

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