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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 HELEN MORRIS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 22:35:03 -0700

Hello Dear.

My name is Mrs Helen Morris from United Kingdom, I am a terribly sick woman who have decided to donate what I have inherited from my late Husband to you for the work of  God.
I am 62 years old and I was diagnosed for cancer for about 2 years  ago, immediately after the death of my husband, who has left me everything  he worked for. Although the Doctors said my chances of living is very remote, I am not scared because I have resolved that if I die, I die to  continue my service to God with the angels and if I live, I live for God to  be glorified.

I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for the good work of God, Rather than allow my husband relatives to use my husband hard earned funds  ungodly.  Please pray, that the good Lord forgive me my sins.

I have asked God to forgive me and I believe he has because He is a merciful God. I will be going in for an operation within the next few days.I decided to WILL/donate the sum of US$7,400,000.00 (Seven Million, Four Hundred Thousand US dollars) to you for the good work of the Lord, and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows, poor children and the less privileged.

At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my late husband's relatives are nosing around me to know what is left of our wealth so they can steal it and my health status. I am adjusting my WILL and my family legal consultant is aware I am changing my WILL and he will arrange the transfer of the funds to you. I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, please use the funds to extend the good work to others.

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.
Also I will be contacting with you by email as I don't want these greedy relation of my late husband or anybody for that matter to know because they are always around me.
Kindly get back to me at my discreet Email ID: as soon as possible for additional information.

Yours Faithfully

Mrs Helen Morris.

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