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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:

Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2021 11:50:55 +0100
Subject: Mrs. Olivia Maddison

Greetings to you and your family.

My name is Mrs. Olivia Maddison, i am undergoing medical treatment here in South Africa. I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer which was discovered very late, due to my laxity in caring for my health.I was married to Dr. John Maddison who worked as a director with S.A Railway Commission for over a decade before he died on 5th of July in the year 2014. We were married for fifteen years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for two weeks.Before his death he made a vow to use his wealth for the less privileged in the society. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.

My late husband deposited the sum of US$9.5Million (Nine million five hundred thousand dollar) with bank in Europe ,and now that my Doctor made it clear to me that I would not last long due to my health that has resulted to stroke,I hereby seek for an assistance of an honest and God fearing person to assist me distribute this funds to orphanages,and those affected in the Tsunami in far Asia.

I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not inclined to helping poor people,they are only after the money and I do not want my husbands hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner in which my late husband did not specify. I do not want them to know about this development, this is why i am contacting an external person and also i cannot carry this out because of my condition.

As soon as I receive your reply I will introduce you as my partner,and shall give you the contact of the bank where the funds are deposited . I will also issue you a letter of authority and all other documents that will empower you as the next beneficiary.

You will be compensated with 20% of the total fund for your kind assistance.
I expect your reply immediately,

Thank you and may the Almighty bless you.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Olivia Maddison

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