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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. Renate Settnik Magdalena" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 06:38:58 -0700
Subject: Dearest One

My Dear Friend,

My name is Mrs. Renate Settnik Magdalena a German Citizen but living
in Burkina Faso.
I am a Widow. I am 67 years old, without any children. I am a devoted
Christian and have
the fear of God. I am a philanthropist and a care-giver. I inherited
the sum of 25 million Euros from my late husband who was a Crude Oil
dealer before he was killed during the Burkina Faso Political unrest
that happened Four years ago in August 2016.

Due to his death that resulted in much stress and tension, thereby
causing me to contract Paralysis. What worries me is that I am down
with FULL-BODY PARALYSIS. I cannot walk, nor stand. I have been
bedridden for Three years now. Since I know that I have very limited
time to stay on earth before I die according to my Doctors, I have
been helping and contributing some amounts of money to Orphanage Homes
and to Charity Organizations, as well as Foundations.

With the help of the Bishop of the Catholic Church where I worship, I
have given donations to over 10 Charity Organizations and Foundations,
in Africa, Asia, South America, etc. I will be giving you the token
sum of 25,000,000,00 Euro

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
Catholic Bishop where you will send him your bank details and other
requirements he may need from you. I want you and the church to always
pray for me.

Get back to me if you are interested and ready to handle this,
my email (

Thanks for your cooperation.
Best regards,
Mrs. Renate Settnik Magdalena

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