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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. Ruth Williams" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 17:18:08 -0700
Subject: Mrs. Ruth Williams

My name is Mrs Ruth Williams; I am a dying woman who has decided to
donate what I have to you/church. I am 59 years old and I was
diagnosed of cancer for about 2 years ago, immediately after the death
of my husband, who has left me everything he worked for. Because the
doctors told me that I will not live longer than some weeks because of
my health, I decided to donate the sum of $35,400,000 (Thirty five
million, four hundred thousand dollars) to you for the good work of
humanity, and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also
for the assistance of the widows.

I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly,
and please use the funds well and always extend the good work to
others. Contact my lawyer(Barr. Charles Nelson ) with this
email:( and tell him that I have
donated($35,400,000.00) to you and I have also notified him. I know
you don’t know me but I have been directed to do this through the
revelation i had. my lawyer will assist you to claim the money from
the Eco Bank where it is being deposited.

Thanks and God bless.

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until
the task is accomplished as I don't want anything that will jeopardize
last wish.
Mrs. Ruth Williams

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