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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. Sari Amirah Wulan" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 00:59:51 -0700

My Name is Mrs. Sari Amirah Wulan, from Indonesia, Nationality of
Norway. I am married to Mr. Paul Wulan, An Contractor and gold
merchant who owned a small gold Mine in Burkina Faso; He died of
Pulmonary disease in August 2017, and our long years of marriage were
not blessed with children. During his lifetime he deposited the sum of
(€ 5.8 Million Euros) Five million, Eight hundred thousand Euros in
Societe Generale Bank in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in West Africa. The
deposited money was from the sale of the shares, death benefits
payment and entitlements of my deceased husband by his company.

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, from all medical indications my condition has
really deteriorated and it’s pretty obvious that i may not live long,
owning to the rapid growth by stage and the excruciating pain that
accrues to it. I was diagnosed and my Doctor told me privately what I
should expect, building my spirit for the inevitable. She says i may
not last for more than six months, based on this i sincerely request
for your assistance in this humanitarian work.

I have decided to donate what I inherited from my late husband to you
for good work of God for helping Motherless babies/Less
privileged/Widows, because I am dying and diagnosed with cancer 4
years ago. If this money remains unclaimed after my death, the bank
executives or the government will take the money as unclaimed funds
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 and
humanitarian works, that will be named after my late husband and my
name. I now realize that wealth without life in Christ is vanity and
non-sense. Always remember that!

Best Regards,
Mrs. Sari Amirah Wulan.

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