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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: Rebecca Douglas Hermina Sies <>
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2021 22:52:30 +0100
Subject: My Dear Beloved, Can I Confide in You!!

Hello my beloved good friend,

My name is Mrs. Rebecca Douglas Hermina Sies; I am a dying woman who
has decided to donate what I have to you/church. I am 57 years old and
I was diagnosed with cancer for about 2 years now. This started
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 due to my health. I decided to donate the sum of
US$27,400,000.00 (Twenty Seven Million Four Hundred Thousand United
States Dollar) to you for the good work of humanity, and also to help
the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the

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. Please if you would be able to use the funds for the work as
my heart desires, kindly let me know by replying me through my private
email address { }, so i can
direct you to my lawyer who will assist you in making the claim from
the bank where the funds is deposited, so you can retrieve the funds.

May God bless you and your family as i wait for your kind reply.

NB: 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.

Best regards.

From Your Loving Friend and Sister Mrs. Rebecca Douglas Hermina Sies.

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