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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. Wendy Jane" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2021 09:23:31 +0200

My name is Mrs. Wendy Jane Williams from South Africa; I am a new
Christian converts, suffering long term cancer of the breast presently
Hospitalized. I do not have a child of my own due to my bad health.
All indications from my doctor that my condition is really worsening
And it is quite obvious that I wouldn’t live more than two months,
According to my doctors and in all indications regarding medical
Analysis. I have been touched by God to donate the money I have
Inherited from my late husband to you for good work of God, I will
Like you to build charity in my late husband's name and help churches,
Mosques, Orphanages, widows and communities with a strong focus on the
Poor and CANCER /victims of COVID 19. / HIV / AIDS. I will be going in
For another surgery soon. I decided to WILLED the sum of
US$30.5million US Dollars to you to carry out the project as I have
Stated above, you will Also Get 30% of the fund which will be
US$9,150,000.00, (Nine Million One Hundred And Fifty Thousand Us
Dollars), as your compensation for helping me fulfilled this desire
Of donation, Please Let me know if you can perform this humanitarian duty on my
Behalf, so that I will provide you more details after knowing your
Willingness to handle this fund with fear of God. Kindly contact me
With my private email for further discussion below. Email Address:
Thanks and God bless.
Mrs. Wendy Jane Williams.

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