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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: Lillian John <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 08:43:00 +0000
Subject: Urgent from hospital.

Urgent from hospital.

My dear beloved one, this is Mrs. Lillian John I am from Estonia. I am
married to Mr. John Benson, who worked with the Estonia embassy in Ivory
Coast for nine years before he died in 2010. We were married for eleven
years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only
four days.

There are funds I inherited from my late loving husband Mr. Benson Johnson,
the sum of (US$7,800,000.00 Million) which he deposited in a bank before
his death, I need an honest and Faithful person that can use these funds
for humanitarian work.

I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
money and I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an
ungodly way. That is why I am taking this decision, and my doctor has
confirmed to me that I have less than three weeks to live, having known my
condition I decided to donate this fund to a charity or individual that
will utilize this money to assist the poor and the needy in accordance to
my instructions.

I want you to use 70% of this funds for orphanages, school and church,
widows, propagating the word and other humanity works,The remaining 30%
should be yours for your efforts as the new beneficiary, Please if you
would be able to use these funds for humanitarian work kindly reply me as
soon as I have received your response, I will give you further directives
on how you are to go about the claims of the said funds.

kindly contact me with the email address

Yours beloved sister,
Mrs. Lillian John.

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