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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: Jessica Becker <>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2021 01:59:30 -0700
Subject: Waiting to hear from you

Dear friend,

I know that this mail will surprise you but I implore you to take
a little of your time to go through it for the decision you take will
go a long way in determining my future.

I am Mrs Jessica Becker, from Indonesia. I was married to former
British ambassador to Burkina Faso for nine years before he died in
2004. We had one child who died earlier before his late father.

My late husband deposited the sum of $5.5MUSD (Five million five
hundred thousand dollars) in a bank when alive. Recently, my doctor
told me that my days are numbered and I would not last 4 months due to
Breast cancer and kidney failure problem. Having known my condition I
decided to donate this fund to you for charity. I want you to use this
fund for orphanages,widows and the needy in the society.

I am not afraid of death because I lived a fulfilled live. I do not
need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health.

Hope to receiving your response.

Thanks and remain blessed.

Yours sister.
Mrs Jessica

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