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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 Donne Rose <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:33:17 +0100
Subject: Greetings

Calvary Greetings in the name of the LORD Almighty and Our LORD JESUS
CHRIST the giver of every good thing. Good day and compliments of the
seasons, i know this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise,
but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the
decision you make will go off a long way to determine my future and
continued existence. I am Mrs Donnell Rose, aging widow of 61 years old
suffering from long time illness.I have some funds I inherited from my late
husband, the sum of (19.2 Million Dollars) and I needed a very honest and
God fearing who can withdraw this money then use the funds for Charity
email address from the internet after honest prayers to the LORD to bring
me a helper and i decided to contact you if you may be willing and
interested to handle these trust funds in good faith before anything
happens to me.

I accept this decision because I do not have any child who will inherit
this money after I die. I want your urgent reply to me so that I will give
you the deposit receipt which the SECURITY COMPANY issued to me as next of
kin for immediate transfer of the money to your account in your country, to
start the good work of God, I want you to use the 40/percent of the total
amount to help yourself in doing the project. I am desperately in keen need
of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you for this task,
you must not fail me and the millions of the poor people in our todays
WORLD. This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved,100% RISK
FREE with full legal proof. Please if you would be able to use the funds
for the Charity works kindly let me know immediately.I will appreciate your
utmost confidentiality and trust in this matter to accomplish my heart
desire, as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. Please
kindly respond quickly for further details.

Warmest Regards,
Mrs. Donnell Rose

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