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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Tatiana Brodskaia" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 15:27:47 -0500
Subject: RE:

Good day,
Thanks for your patience for reading to the end
I live in Madrid the capital of Spain. I was diagnosed with cancer in late=
2018, months after my husband 19s death of heart attack at a time I needed=
him most, we are childless not by choice but as a result of infertility. M=
y husband was a civil engineer and philanthropist who is well valued for hi=
s technical skills, generosity and active financial donations to orphans, l=
ess privileged and charity organizations.
I recently got tested COVID-19 positive after mild cold, cough and difficu=
lt breathing, and my doctors just discovered that the cancer is metastasize=
d and quickly spreading to other parts of my body and it 19s not responding=
well to chemotherapy due to my weak immune system. Please don't pity me, b=
ecause I lived a good Godly life and I'm aware that cancer with COVID-19 pa=
tients have increased risk of unexpected death, and I'm prepared for the wo=
The purpose of this letter is to notify you that my late husband made a fi=
xed bank deposit of AC11,500,000.00 (Eleven Million, Five Hundred Thousand=
Euro) with a bank in Spain, this money was meant for development of nonpro=
fit charity organization and private orphanages, unfortunately, he died bef=
ore the maturity of the fixed deposit being November 27, 2020. As the survi=
ving spouse to the deceased, the bank manager has formally notified me that=
the fixed bank deposit is matured and due for payment.
Kindly be informed that I have decided to donate the funds to the less pri=
vileged, charity organizations and establish cancer research centers, atlea=
st to give hopes to the hopeless, that's my last wish. I also regret not be=
ing able to personally supervise this humanitarian work, due to my physical=
health condition, therefore, I seek your consent and acceptance to receive=
this money including the interest on deposit, and ensure that these projec=
ts are fully executed.
I will formally submit transfer application letter to the bank manager req=
uesting him to process transfer of the total amount AC11,500,000.00) to yo=
u without delay, upon receipt of your response. I know that this sudden off=
er will be very challenging and difficult to handle, nevertheless, I will l=
et you keep 10% of the total amount in appreciation of your time and effort=
s, I made this decision because I don't want to regret forfeiting such amou=
nt to the bank or government
Pray for God to extend his life by several more weeks or months to see acc=
omplishment of this projects.=20
Note: All reply must be sent to:
Yours sincerely,
Tatiana Brodskaia

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