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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.Benjamin Marisa" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 11:46:38 -0700
Subject: Greetings

My Dear in the Lord

My Name is Mrs Benjamin Marisa,from Norway.I know that this message
will be a surprise to you.Firstly,I am married to Mr.Benjamin
Campbell,A gold merchant who owns a small gold Mine in Austria;He died
of Cardiovascular Disease in mid-March 2011.During his life time he
deposited the sum of € 8.5 Million Euro (Eight million,Five hundred
thousand Euros)in a bank in Vienna,Austria.The deposited money was
from the sale of the shares,death benefits payment and entitlements of
my deceased husband by his company.

I am sending this message to you praying that it will reach you in
good health,since I am not in good health condition in which I sleep
every night without knowing if I may be alive to see the next day.
I am suffering from long time cancer and presently I am partially
suffering from a stroke illness which has become almost impossible for
me to move around.I am married to my late husband for over 4 years
before he died and is unfortunately that we don't have a child,my
doctor confided in me that I have less chance to live.Having known my
health condition,I decided to contact you to claim the fund since I
don't have any relations.

I have decided to donate what I have to you for the support of helping
Motherless babies/Less privileged/Widows' because I am dying and
diagnosed of cancer for about 2 years ago.I have been touched by God
Almighty to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to
you for good work of God Almighty.I have asked Almighty God to forgive
me and believe He has,because He is a Merciful God I will be going in
for an operation surgery soon

This is the reason I need your services to stand as my next of kin or
an executor to claim the funds for charity purposes.If this money
remains unclaimed after my death,the bank executives or the government
will take the money as unclaimed fund and maybe use it for selfish and
worthless ventures,I need a very honest person who can claim this
money and use it for Charity works,for orphanages,widows and also
build schools for less privilege that will be named after my late
husband and my name;I need your urgent answer to know if you will be
able to execute this project,and I will give you more Information on
how the fund will be transferred to your bank

Mrs.Benjamin Marisa

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