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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: MORNING <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 08:59:11 +0200
Subject: MORNING.

*Hello my beloved in the lord!*

*With a warm heart I offer my greetings to you and family. I am Mrs. Esther
Boating, from the Republic of Ireland, born in the state of Ohio (USA). I
am legally married to Mr. John Boating, a South Africa citizen born brought
up in Switzerland, I live in Switzerland with my husband for 32 years
before we move down to South Africa in 1985 after my husband retirement in
1974, I am 71 years old by the grace of god, I am a new Christian convert,
suffering from long time cancer of the breast.*

*All indications from my doctor are that my condition is really
deteriorating and it is quite Obvious that I wouldn’t live more than two
months, according to my doctors and in all indications with regards to
medical analysis. This is because the cancer disease has gotten to a very
bad stage and there is no hope for me to be a living person again. My dear
husband was involved with the January 2000 Kenya airways plane **crashed as
you can see on the news line web **(
<> **) 40 years period of
Marriage life, still we could not produce any child, my late husband was
very wealthy and after his death, I inherited some part of his business and
money in the bank*

*The doctors have advised me that I may not live for more than one months
and 2 weeks and warn me to decrease from thinking over who is going to
inherit me, today I have decided to donate to the less privileged, charity
and orphanage homes. I made this decision after listening to the news line
about a 100 year’s old Woman who secretly donated her fortune upon her

*I chose you after viewing your profile and I have confidence in you
because I have prayed before contacting you. I am willing to donate the sum
of ($22.5million US dollars), to you for work of the less privileged.
Please I want you to know that this fund is still in the bank where my
husband deposited it. I am going to advise my banker who will transfer the
fund to you, to contact you once I have received your reply. Be inform that
this **money has nothing to do with drugs, terrorism or Money laundering, I
inherited this money from my late husband, My lawyer and my banker knows
everything about this money therefore you don’t have any problems of
receiving this money for charity work and orphanage home thank you. *

*I honestly pray that this money when transferred to you, will be used for
the said purpose even though I am late then or alive, because I have come
to find out that wealth acquisition without god is vanity according to the
wisest king in Israel king Solomon, and I made the promise to god that this
fund will be use to help the **charity and orphanage home** also the less
privilege. May the grace and love of god and the fellowship of god be with
you and your family.*

*E-mail: ** <>*

*Remain blessed with your family.*

*Mrs. Esther Boating ( **

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