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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: bridget nabusi <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:58:53 +0000
Subject: From Elizabeth Freeman

From Elizabeth Freeman

My Divine Friend,

This letter is strictly confidential and personal to you. Forgive my unusual manner of contacting you, but this particular letter is of exceptional and very private nature. I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears in my eyes and great sorrow in my heart, it's true we do not know one another but My spirit led me to write this message to you.

I am Elizabeth Freeman and my contacting you is divinely connected. I am a widow and writing this email from hospital. Having been a cancer patient here for over 2 years, now the doctors have told me clearly that I will not survive this disease that I have just little time to live on Earth. So I decided to invest my late husband fund (US$7.5 Million Dollars) to the Motherless Babies Foundation for charity use in your Country because I have already donated a lot here which I wanted my own people to benefit from it.

I need an honest and sincere Individual or a cooperate organization that will use the fund for work of humanity, My late Husband made me to understand that is good to remember the orphanage home the widows and the poor in need. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money after I die.

My mind and spirit led me to donate these fund to you so that you could use it wisely to help the needy, the Widows and the Motherless Babies over there.

Please, all I need from you is your utmost honesty and sincerity only to help me achieve this dream and project in your Country as my last wish. Please contact me if you are interested and capable of handling it perfectly and if you are not capable, do not bother to respond.

I am very serious about this and it's very urgent because of my life is short and I do not know when death will come. Expecting your prompt response through my private email address:-

yours sincerely

Elizabeth Freeman

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