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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. Dian" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 04:02:33 -0700
Subject: Calvary greetings to you^^^194.33

I am Mrs. Dian, widow of the late Marcos Carlos. I'm 48 years old. I am now at the new London Covenant hospital. suffering from long-standing lung cancer, with all the indications that my conditions are really deteriorating and it is obvious that I would live only for a short period, according to my doctors, this is because the cancer stage has reached a very bad. My late husband was killed during the US invasion of terrorism in Afghanistan and, during our marriage, we were unable to produce children.
My late husband was very wealthy and after his death. I inherited all your business and wealth. The doctors advised me that I would live only for a short time. so now i decided to share the part of this wealth, contribute to the development of countries all over the world and the less privileged ones that i selected after visiting the site and prayed for it.
I am willing to donate the amount of $ 12,500,000 usd $ (twelve million five hundred thousand United States dollars) to the least privileged. I want you to note that this fund is in a Spanish bank and, under my instructions, my lawyer, who is currently in Spain, will place an order for you to transfer the money on your behalf. Finally, I sincerely pray that this money, when transferred, will be used for this purpose, because I discovered that the acquisition of wealth without God is vanity.
May the grace of our God and the fellowship of God be with you and your family, I expect an urgent response.
Mrs. Dian

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