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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 Emily Alison <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 06:19:04 +0100
Subject: Attention Please.

Peace Be Unto You My Dearest Beloved.

I am sure this mail would be coming to you as a surprise since we have
never met before and you would also be asking why I have decided to choose
you amongst the numerous internet users in the world. Precisely, I cannot
say why I have chosen you but do not be worried for I saw your profile on
the Internet, which has made me accomplish my request. May the almighty God
bless and see you through with this mission if you can carefully read and
digest the message below.

Before I move further, permit me to give you a little of my biography, I am
Mother Emily Alison, 67 Years old woman and the wife of Late Sir Jackman
Alison who died in a Plane crash on Monday the 7th of September 1998 GMT
14:22 UK while they were flying from Houston Texas to Geneva.

After the death of my husband I became the Head of his investment and now
that I am old and weak I have decided to spend the rest of my life with my
family in Turkey and loved ones whom I never had time for during the course
of my business life, but before the death of my husband we had a plan to
use the last days of our lives to donate half of what we have worked for to
the less privileged and charity homes and the other half for ourselves,
family members and close friends, and it is so unfortunate that my husband
is not alive today to do this with me and I am very weak and old now, hence
I have decided to do this philanthropic work on behalf of my late husband
and I.

Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charity
homes and to some of the less privileged in different countries. Despite
the agreement between my late husband and I to give aid to the deprived, we
also agreed to render support to an individual we have not meet before in
life due to the fact when we were still young in life we receive an
anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not
being able to know till date, the impact we got from such gesture made us
to do same.

I am sorry to inform you that you will never have the chance to know me
because I have just concluded the assignment which my husband and I have
agreed upon before his sudden death and you happened to be the beneficiary
of our last WILL, irrespective of your previous financial status, hence I
need you to do me a favor by accepting our offer that will cost you nothing.

I have presently sum of 5,800,000.00 United States Dollars with bank in
turkey, what you have to do now is to contact the bank as soon as possible
so that they will open an online account to you.

You have to contact the bank in turkey with this information below;

Postal address;
Full Name:
Direct telephone number;

Below is the security keeping code: (KAT/0409/F) you are to also present it
to them for verification before delivery.

Note: Please I do not want you to thank me or late my husband. All I need
you to do is, when you get this fund, use ONLY 800.000.00 (Eight hundred
thousand United States Dollars) for your effort and USE THE REST OF THIS

Yours Faithfully
Mrs. Emily Alison.

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