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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Elena Gilbert" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2021 08:10:30 +0100
Subject: Donation fund for work of God.

Donation fund for work of God.

My name is Mrs. Elena Gilbert, from the United States Of America, (
USA ). A widow suffering from Breast Cancer and Stroke at the same time,
which denied me child bearing for my lovely husband and as a result of
that, i may not last as my God wishes me, according to my doctor's
diagnosed report. I'm legally married to the late "Pastor Troy Gilbert" and
we were married for many years without any child to bless this marriage
before his death.

I'm a 68 years old woman. I have some legal Funds, i inherited from my
late husband, the sum of(5.8 million US Dollars), which i needed a very
honest and God fearing person, who will claim the funds from the bank and
use it for the work of Gods Affairs, like; donation in the house of God,
propagating the good news of God and to endeavor Gods worshiping place and
help less-privileged.

To the glory of God, I found your profile and then decided to contact
you for the funds donation work of God and to put my husband's soul to
rest, wherever almighty God has placed him, as he has joined his ancestors,
painfully and regrettably to my heart.

I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
health according to my doctor's report and to avoid my health
disturbances. please if you would be able to use the funds judiciously for
the work of God as i stated above, Please and Kindly contact me back so i
will lead you to "Alpha Bank in New Jersey USA" where this fund was
deposited by my late husband "Pastor Troy Gilbert", for you to retrieve the
funds in my name as the next of kin to my family and sincerely and
absolutely work with it, judiciously and accordingly.

I will stop here until I hear from you, urgently and as expected.

Mrs. Elena Gilbert.

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