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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.SANDRA WAYNE" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.SANDRA WAYNE" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 22:13:16 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: Dearly Beloved,


Dearly Beloved,

I am Mrs.SANDRA WAYNE from Zurich Switzerland, I was married to late
Mr. WAYNE FRANK who worked at the Agco, global agricultural equipment
manufacturer, I am 79 years old, I am suffering from a long time
cancer of the breast which has
affected my talking & hearing lately. The cancer has reached a
critical stage, so my doctors have courageously advised me to indulge
in Prayers as well because it is clear that I would not live past the
next two to three months. I was raised in an orphanage Home, and was
married to my late husband for twenty years without a child.

My husband and I are true Christians so after his death I decided not
tore-marry, he died in a fatal airplane crash CLICK TO VIEW THE NEWS
<> which I know
is political motivated because of his venture in the new oil industry.
I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the huge sum of
$8million USD with a Bank. Presently, the money is still with the
bank, and I received a letter
from the management of the holding bank as the real depositor urging
me to come forward to receive the money after keeping it for such a
long or rather issue a letter of approval or power of attorney to
somebody to receive it on my behalf or the management will confiscate
the funds.

Frankly, I can not come over as a result of my illness; I'm with my
laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment. I have
since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have
only a few months
to live.

It is my last wish to see that this money is invested in any
Charitable Organization of your choice and distributed each year among
the Charity organizations and Orphanages, so I want a good
humanitarian to use this money to fund Churches, Needy and Widows in
São Tomé and Principe or in your Country but preferably in São Tomé
and Principe. I must let you know that this was a very hard decision,
but I had to take a bold step towards this issue, and I hope you will
help see my last wishes come true.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall use the little money I have
for my drugs and Media-care to procure and issue you a letter of
authority which will prove that you are the new beneficiary of my
funds and I shall release the contact of the Bank to you.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. I
hope to hear from you soonest if you are willing to handle this
project Psalms 41: 1 Blessed is he that considerate the poor, the Lord
will deliver him in time of trouble.

Awaiting your urgent reply as soon as possible.

Yours in Christ.


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