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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: 16 Aug 2021 09:55:44 -0700
Subject: rgent Reply

From Mrs. Mayer Lauren,

After many years of fasting and praying I took the liberty to conduct a personal search and my spirit directed me to you and told me you are the right person to use to help the poor. I am the above named person from Madrid Spain. But now undergoing medical treatment in Cyprus. I am married to Dr. Davis Wakis johnson who worked With American Embassy in spain for 14 years before he died in the year 2012. We were married for eleven years with out a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four Days. Before his death we were both born again Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a Child outside my matrimonial home, which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Euro with one Huntington National Bank Ohio U.S.A and Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this Fund to you as a better Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to Instruct here in. I want a church or individual that will use this fund for a Non-Governmental Foundation, orphanages Old people homes and Propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don't have any child That will inherit this money and my husband relatives Are not Christians and I don't want my husbands hard Earned money to be misused by unbelievers, Hence the reason for taking this bold Decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don't need any telephone Communication in this regard because of my health, and Because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always.I do not want them to know about this Development. As soon As I receive your reply I shall give you the contact Of the CEO of Huntington National Bank Ohio U.S.A I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd my happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord Must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be Prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room in Sourcing for a church or Christian organization for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hear from you.

Thanks and God bless you.
Mr. Mayer Lauren

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