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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: Mt <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 16:04:33 +0200
Subject: Greetings


*Greetings to you.Please do not view my plea as a contrived plot. My
trusted family attorney who would have executed my WILL & TESTAMENT on my
behalf died early this year after a brief illness. I therefore prayed
fervently and by the special grace of GOD, I was led to you. I am Mrs.
Deborah Newman, from the United Kingdom, I am 68 years old. I am suffering
from cancer of the lungs and it has affected part of my brain cells due to
complications. My condition is deteriorating and according to my doctors I
may not be alive in the next couple of months, unless there is a divine
intervention.I was orphaned as a child and got married to a late Engineer.
Paulson Newman for twenty years without having an offspring. My late
husband had chronic cardiovascular conditions and died of cardiac arrest a
few years ago. Paulson and I lived in Cote d'Ivoire for over 18 years,
where my husband a petrochemical engineer by profession worked and rose
through the ranks and became an executive director in a multinational oil
servicing and exploration conglomerate, before his untimely death. He also
established huge private investments that I supervised before his death and
which forms the major source of our fortune.Consequent upon the shocking
demise of my priceless husband, I opted as a rule, not to re-marry. When
medical reports revealed that my cancer ailment have become terminal & more
so because I do not have a direct next of kin to bequeath all that Paulson
& I laboured for, I sold off all our choice assets, landed properties and
other valuable family treasures and deposited the proceeds amounting to
USD$10,000,000.00 (TEN MILLION DOLLARS ONLY) deposited here in a bank in
Cote d'Ivoire. The management of the bank has written me as the sole
beneficiary of the fund because of the unserviceable status of the fund
over the years and suggested to me in a 2 paragraph statement to issue a
document to someone who can manage the fund on my behalf because of my
terminal illness and also threatened that the fund could be confiscated
upon my failure to adhere to their rules and regulations as clearly spelt
out in their code of conduct.I am on admission at the intensive care unit
of a London hospital, located at Fulham road in west London United Kingdom.
It is the leading cancer treatment hospital in the world. I am currently
undergoing treatment there for late-stage terminal cancer of the lungs. I
am computer literate, I rarely talk but has my personal laptop with me and
has the permission of my physicians to use it, hence I am writing from my
sick bed in the (ICU). It is my last WISH that 85% of this fund is invested
substantially in any charitable organization of your choice and
administered as you may deem fit, especially to the orphanage homes. You
are at liberty to also donate part of the funds to churches and mosques and
also to fight for CORONAVIRUS.I have earmarked 5% of the total fund to run
cost of administration of WILL & TESTAMENT and also on logistics and other
sundry arrangements that you may require.I crave your indulgence as a God
fearing individual that equally has a high moral pedestal and who is also
an uncommon humanitarian that cares so much about the plight of the
less-privileged as much as I do, to take it upon yourself and use this fund
for the above mentioned purposes. This is a painstaking decision I have
taken in order to help humanity in my little capacity as a people driven
entrepreneur and a very God fearing woman before I bow to God's
sovereignty.Note that as soon as I receive your reply and personal
information as listed below, I shall avail you with the official contact
information of the security firm officials, to enable you contact the bank
without delays. I will also issue you documents, so that the security firm
will recognize your status as the new beneficiary of my ESTATE, FUND, and
WILL & TESTAMENT. Interestingly 10% of the total sum is set aside as your
compensation for accepting to play this significant role for me and I hope
you will appreciate my kind gesture.Let me remind you that the fund has an
open beneficiary mandate and as such, it is whom I personally authorize or
appoint to act on my behalf that the bank will ultimately recognize and
release the funds to and by this memo, the onus has fallen on you to assume
this selfless and noble responsibility that will catalyse change by
exploring and promoting the development of new interventions that will
benefit the poorest of the poor when the fund is transferred into your bank
account.Please assure me that you will not treat this offer with levity but
will consciously yield my bequest continued existence.Kindly send the
information in this order:(1) Your full names:
===================================(2) Personal or official contact
address: ===============================(3) Home or Office phone#:
===========Îll phone#: =========úx#: =======(4) Your Age:
===============================(5) Occupation:
==============================(6) Sex/Marital status:
=======================I await your kind response through this email
address; <> .May
God bless your golden heart and soul.Sincerely Yours,Mrs. Deborah Newman*

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