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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.Harris Gracie" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 13:22:37 -0800
Subject: Greetings!

Good Day,

My name is Mrs. Harris Gracie from Bahamas; I am a new Christian
converts, suffering long term cancer of the breast presently
hospitalized. I do not have a child of my own due to my bad health.

All indications from my doctor that my condition is really worsening
and it is quite obvious that I wouldn’t live more than two months,
according to my doctors and in all indications regarding medical
Analysis. I have been touched by God to donate the money I have
inherited from my late husband to you for good work of God,

I will like you to build charity in my late husband's name and help
churches, Mosques, Orphanages, widows and communities with a strong
focus on the Poor and CANCER / victims of COVID 19. / HIV / AIDS. I
will be going in for another surgery soon.

I decided to WILLED the sum of ( US$30.5million US Dollars) the Amount
was deposited with one of the private bank in UNITED STATES for you
to carry out the project as I have stated above, you will Also Get 30%
of the fund which will be US$9,150,000.00, (Nine Million One Hundred
And Fifty Thousand Us Dollars), as your compensation for helping me
fulfilled this desire of donation,

Please let me know if you can perform this humanitarian duty on my
behalf, so that I will provide you more details after knowing your
willingness to handle this fund with fear of God. Kindly contact me
with my private email for further discussion below.

Email Address: (
Thanks and God bless.
Mrs. Harris Gracie

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