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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: Ashley Francis <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 15:16:34 +0000
Subject: Urgent Reply

Good day,

Calvary Greetings in the name of the LORD Almighty and Our LORD JESUS
CHRIST the giver of every good thing, I know this letter will definitely
come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go
through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to
determine my future and continued existence.

I am Mrs. Ashley, a widow of 66 years old suffering from a long time
illness. I have some funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum of
(18.5 Million Dollars) and I needed a very honest and God fearing who can
withdraw this money then use the funds for Charity works.

I want your urgent reply to me so that I will give you the deposit receipt
which the COMPANY issued to me as next of kin for immediate transfer of the
money to your account in your country, I want you to use the 40/percent of
the total amount to help yourself in doing the project. I am desperately in
keen need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you for
this task.

This is not stolen money and there are no dangers involved 100% RISK FREE
with full legal proof. Please if you would be able to use the funds for the
Charity works kindly let me know immediately. I will appreciate your utmost
confidentiality and trust in this matter to accomplish my heart desire, as
I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. I want you to take
40 percent of the total money for your personal use while 60% of the money
will go to charity. Please kindly respond for further details.

Thanks and God bless you,
Mrs. Ashley Francis.

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