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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: love meme <>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2021 04:51:32 +0200

My name is Mrs.Ahmed Fathia , I am a dying woman who have decided to donate
what I have to you/ church/ mosque and the less privileged. I am 77 years
old and I was diagnosed for cancer for about 9 years ago, immediately after
the death of my husband, who has left me everything he worked for. I have
been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late
husband to the you for the good work of God,rather than allow my relatives
to use my husband hard earned funds ungodly. Please pray,that the good Lord
forgive me my sins.I have asked God to forgive me and believe he has
because He is a merciful God. I will be going in for an operation in less
than one hour.I decided to WILL/donate the sum of {usd$13.8 }thirteen
million eight hundred thousand dollars)to you for the good work of the
lord, and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the
assistance of the widows.

At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to the fact
that my relative around me and my health status. I have adjusted my WILL
and my lawyer is aware I have changed my will you and he will arrange the
transfer of the funds from security company to you.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 with this
specified contact details:

Barrister Greg Bolden
E-MAIL ; and tell him that I have WILLED(usd$13.8 )
thirteen million eight hundred thousand united state dollar to you by
quoting my personal reference number WILL/TT453276542/Jrr/075.And I have
also notified him that I am WILLING that amount to you for a specific and
good work. I know I don't know you but I have been directed to do
this.Thanks and God bless. NB: I will appreciate your utmost
confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplish.

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