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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: "CHARITY.ORG." <>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2021 01:39:18 -0700

Greetings to you .
How are you doing today ?
Thank you for giving me your time to explain my life and mission here on
earth . I am 74 years old from Switzerland but married to a Dutchman who
was a philanthropist and a businessman in the cocoa/gold industry in
Kumasi Ghana. We both met in my country on his visit for a charity
organization. I am an orphan and I was among the people who came to
welcome him from the airport . It's a long story but we both later got
happily married and I followed him to many countries doing his businesses
and charity work.
Poor me , He died of a food poison suspected to be from his business
partner in Ghana. His death changed a lot of my vision which led me to a
life that is hurting me right now .I have been diagnosed with a rarer
illness .It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I
have only about a few weeks to live according to my doctor. I have not
particularly lived my life so well after the loss of my husband.
Though I am very rich, I was generous, I was always helping people and
focused on my business of charity as that was the only thing I cared for.
But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than
Before the death of my husband . He deposited some funds in a financial
group company in Ghana .I have decided to give all my property and assets
to the poor and needy since we did not have a child of our own to inherit
the fund . I pray to God to be merciful to me and accept my soul when I am
finally gone. I have Distributed money to some charity organizations in
Afghanistan, CONGO DR and Italy and Recently USA .Now that my health has
deteriorated so badly, I also supported those who lost their jobs in the
covid-19 .
I was diagnosed on my arrival in Ghana to claim the deposited fund . I have
been in the hospital for 9 months and my situation is not improving
positively . I have decided to contact you and give you the details of the
deposited fund so that you can claim it and use part of the money for
charity if I don't survive the third surgery which will be taking place
soon and my doctor confirmed that my chances are 80/20 . I am not afraid to
die because I have fought the good fight . many lives have been saved
through my act of kindness.
I don't want this fund to go to unmerited people , this is why I will need
your support to claim this fund and use it wisely .
I will give you more details once you are willing and am also willing to
offer you 30% of the total fun while 70% should go to charities in our name.
Thank you as I am waiting for your reply.

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