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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: Deborah Corde <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 03:24:46 -0700
Subject: Dear in the lord

sister in the lord
May the Peace of God be with you

I'm a 68 years old woman suffering from prolonged cancer of the breast,
from all medical indications my condition has really deteriorated and it's
obvious that I may not live for more than six months owing to the rapid
growth and pain that accrues to it. My husband died a few years back and
our long years of marriage were not blessed with any child, after his death
I inherited all his wealth.

I come to you after praying over it, I am willing to donate the sum of $3,
200, 000 for your work to help the poor, needy,and less privileged among
your congregations/society. Please note that this fund is deposited in a
bank where my husband worked. I will appreciate it if you will give
attention to my request for propagating the kingdom massage, I will provide
you with more details on how to proceed.
I will be expecting to hear from you soon.
May the Peace of God be with you

Thanks Warm Regards
Mrs. Deborah Corde

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