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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: Ingram Olivia <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 06:09:16 -0600
Subject: May this letter touch your heart to carry my good intentions

With due respect, I am Mrs. Ingram Olivia; I have decided to donate
what I have to Motherless babies/Less privileged/Widows' because I am
dying and diagnosed for cancer for about 10 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.

I decided to donate the sum of ($ 8.1 million ) to you for the good
work of God Almighty for you to help the motherless and less privilege
and also forth assistance of the widows.

I wish you all the best and May the good Lord bless you abundantly,
and please use the funds judiciously and always extend the good work
to others. As soon as you get back to me, I shall give you info on
what I need from you, then you will contact the bank and tell them I
have willed my money to you by quoting my personal file routing and
account information. And I have also notified the bank that I am
willing my money to someone for a good, effective and prudent work. I
know that we don't know each other but i pray that God to give me an
honest person for this work I have been directed to do this by God

If you are interested in carrying out this task, get back to me for
more details on this noble project of mine.
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Ingram Olivia

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