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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: Margaret Matsuda <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 16:57:03 -0700
Subject: My Beloved

My Beloved

I am writing you this mail in good faith,
I am Mrs.Margaret Matsuda from United States,married to Engr.Richard
Matsuda,who worked with Chevron Malaysia Limited before he died with my
only male child in a plan crash.I am presently in a hospital where I have
been undergoing treatment for Cancer of the lungs.My doctors told me that I
have only a few months to live.

I have some funds I inherited from my late husband the sum of ($6.5
million) which I needed a very honest and God fearing person who will claim
the funds from the bank in Malaysia and use the funds for work of God
Affair donation in the house of God, like propagating the good news of God
and to endeavor God worshiping place and help less-privileged.

I decided to contact you for the donation work of God Affair. I don't need
any telephone communication in this regards because of my health according
to my doctor's report, please if you would be able to use the funds for the
work of God Affair as I stated contact me back so I will lead you to Bank
where this funds is deposited by my late husband,who worked with Chevron
Malaysia Limited,for you to retrieve the funds in my name as the next of
kin for the work of God Affair.

Always keep me in your daily prayers. Kindly get back to me here for more
details on the charitable project . I will stop here until I hear from you.

Always pray for my health.

Do contact me via my email address :

May God bless you In Jesus name Amen!!!

Mrs.Margaret Matsuda

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