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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: Margret Spencer <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:43:22 +0100
Subject: Accept as a token of my love and kindness to humanity

My Beloveth,
I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.My name is Margret Spencer
from the United States,I am a 68 year old widow, I am a Christian and a
believer of our Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately I am suffering from cancer
which has reached its terminal stage after defiling all medical attention,
meaning I will be dying at any time.

Before i took ill, i have a 15 million dollars inheritance from my late
husband which i intend to use for charity.Since i will be dying very soon
and i understand you are a charitable person also,I want to donate the
money to you as a personal gift, this will help me accomplish my charity
intention with the money.This is the sacrifice i wish to make to mankind
and humanity.

I would rather spend the money this way since I have no one as my next of
kin to inherit the money after the death of my husband and only son David
who died in a motor accident in 2013.I will only need you to send me your
full name and address to send you a cashier check with which to cash the

Please do not ignore this message or this could be some kind of scam,Kindly
accept it as a token of my magnanimity and love to humanity and
mankind.This is my humble sacrifice to the Glory of God.

Kindly write me back on

Sincere regards
Margret Spencer

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