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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 Payne Lee <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 11:12:04 +0100
Subject: =?UTF-8?B?TXkgRG9uYXRpb24g4oKsIDQsMDAwLDAwMC4wMA==?=

My Donation € 4,000,000.00
My Dear,

With a warm heart I offer you my friendship and greetings in the name of
our Lord God, and I hope this letter will meet you in time, I propose with
my free spirit and as a person of integrity of God, I know this message
will reach you as It may seem like a surprise that we hardly know, but the
grace of God has brought me to you and I want you to read this message and
be blessed in the name of the Lord.

I have a brain tumor, I'm in terrible pain right now. My doctor has just
told me that because of my health, my days are numbered and therefore
doomed to certain death. Currently, I have used all my savings on medical
care. But I have funding for my charity project. These funds are deposited
into a fixed deposit at a local bank here in Benin. My reason for being for
a charitable foundation. My marital status is such that I am single because
I have lost my husband for more than 9 years and unfortunately we have not
had any children together whose inheritance I must not leave . In order to
free up my money, I would therefore like to donate so that my money is not
strictly taxed.

In addition, I would be so gracious and help the poor, to give said
inheritance worth four million euros (€ 4,000,000.00) (four million euros),
so that you can create a charitable foundation in my memory so that the
grace of God may be with me until my last abode, so that I may have an
honourable place with the Lord our Father. I am not afraid because before
contacting you, I prayed for several nights that the Lord God would give me
the contact of a trusted person to whom to entrust this matter, and this is
the result of the reason for which I researched. allowed me to contact you
through this website.

Know that you can keep half of the money for yourself and the rest will be
used to create a charitable foundation in my memory and an association to
fight against cancer and also to build orphanages. I would have the
following information: your first and last name, full address and constant
telephone contact so that I can send them to my lawyer to show him that you
are leading the proceedings in question. I count on your good will, and
especially on the good use of these resources, to have something of which I
have no doubt, because I have a great confidence in you that God can lead
me to you. My private email:

While waiting for your prompt response, you will receive my warm and
fraternal greetings.

Kind regards
Mrs Payne Lee

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