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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. Esther D. Parrboat" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2021 22:15:31 +0200
Subject: I want You In This.139

=Hello My Dearest=
With honor and respect to you and your family, I am writing to you from the deepest of my heart regardless of my situation in the hospital bed here; because you are my only hope.
This is importantly urgent as it is my reason of contacting you, but however; kindly reply quickly enough before anything happens to me. I have initially sent you massages twice to this particular email address in the past week but, I am yet to receive your reply. It will be good if you could kindly let me know whether this your email address is still active and working by replying to this message and the request I am making herein below, as it is very urgent.
Actually, the reason I tried severally to reach you is because, I am willing to DONATE and change my WILL to your names to benefit this sum of USD$30.5, Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand dollars ($30,500,000USD), for the help of the less privileged and homeless and old age people as well as the needy in your country and other countries of your choice, of which you will be responsible in taking care of the disbursement and sharing of this money to organizations that I will appoint. Meanwhile, you will also get 30% of the money which will amount to the sum of; Nine million, One hundred Thousand ($9,150,000USD) as your compensation for helping me fulfill this desire of donation and Godly good will.
I am Mrs. Deborah E. Parrboat from republic of Ireland, born in the state of Ohio-USA. I am legally married to Mr. Hilary Hendricks Parrboat, a South Africa citizen brought up in Switzerland, where we married and lived and my husband did his business for 18 years before we returned to south Africa in 1996 after my husbandís retirement. I am 72 years of age by the grace of God, but we did not have any child even after 40 years of marriage. It is more unfortunate to me that my beloved husband is dead. This money I want to will and donate to your care emancipated from the deposit he made with the bank and for this purpose as well, so you have nothing to worry about as there is not risk involved in this project and transfer of the fund.
Kindly and quickly do your best to get back to me as soon as possible once you received this message, because my health condition in the hospital here is critical and I do not have much hope to live longer as the doctors' reports have indicated. The cancer (leukemia) has overwhelmed my body and blood system. It is really critical and painful on me as I am speaking to you, I will be undergoing an intensive blood transfusion next week and I do not know my hope of surviving it, so please reply quickly for this project and transfer of the fund to be started immediately by the banker.
May the Grace of GOD Almighty be with you and your family as I wait for your quick response providing your direct contact details of email address and phone numbers.
kindly reply quickly to this and equally call me if you can, please.
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Phone (+27-79-440-5094 )
I wait for your urgent reply as you remain blessed.
Best Regards,
Mrs. Esther D. Parrboat.

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