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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: Brittany Sies <>
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2021 18:44:00 +0100
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,

My name is Mrs.Brittany Kasey Sies;
I am a dying woman who has decided
to donate what I have to you/church. I am 59 years old and I was diagnosed for
cancer for about 2 years ago, immediately after the death of my
husband, who has left me everything he worked for and because the doctors told
me that I will not live longer than some weeks because of my health, I
decided to donate the sum of $350,000,000(Three Hundred And Fifty
Million United State Dollars) to you for the good work of humanity,
and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the
assistance of the widows.
I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly,and please
use the funds well and always extend the good work to others. Contact my lawyer
(Barr.Zeddy) with this pecified email: (
with these following mentioned informations.

1.;;;;;ID or Drivers Liscense

2;;;Home Address

3;;;Phone Number


Tell him that I have donated ($350'000'000) to you
and I have also notified him. I know I dont know you but I have been
directed to do this. my lawyer will assist you to cliam the
money from the security company where it is being deposited.
Thanks and God bless.

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until
the task is accomplished as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my
last wish.
From Mrs.Brittany Kasey Sies.

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