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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: Loveth <>
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 23:27:28 -0700
Subject: Greetings Dear

My Name is Mrs.Loveth from United State. I know that this message will
 be a surprise to you. Firstly, I am married to Mr. James Moor, A gold
merchant who owns a small gold Mine in Burkina Faso; He died of
Cardiovascular Disease in mid-March 2016. During his life time he
deposited the sum of (Nine Million Dollars) with my name as the legal
rightful appointed beneficiary to the fund in a bank in Ouagadougou
the capital city of Burkina Faso in West Africa.The deposited money
was from the sale of the shares, death benefits payment and
entitlements of my deceased husband by his company.

  I am sending this message to you praying that it will reach you in
good health, since I am not in good health in which I sleep every
night without knowing if I may be alive to see the next day. I am
suffering from long term cancer and presently I am partially suffering
from a stroke illness which has become almost impossible for me to
move around. I was married to my late husband for over 19 years before
he died and unfortunately that we don't have a child, my doctor
confided in me that i have less chance to live. Having known my health
condition, I decided to contact you to claim the fund since I don't
have any relation I grew up from the orphanage home, I have decided to
donate what I have to you for the support of helping Motherless
babies/Less privileged/Widows' because I am dying and diagnosed of
cancer for about 2 years ago. I have been touched by God Almighty to
donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for good
work of God Almighty. I have asked Almighty God to forgive me and
believe he has, because He is a Merciful God I will be going in for an
operation surgery soon

This is the reason i need your services to stand as my next of kin or
an executor to claim the funds for charity purposes. If this money
remains unclaimed after my death, the bank executives or the
government will take the money as unclaimed fund and maybe use it for
selfish and worthless ventures, I need a very honest person who can
claim this money and use it for Charity works, for orphanages, widows
and also build schools for less privilege that will be named after my
late husband and my name; I need your urgent answer to know if you
will be able to execute this project, and I will give you more
information on how the fund will be transferred to your bank account.

Mrs. Loveth

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