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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 Judith Peters <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 04:39:24 -0800
Subject: Please Read Carefully

Hello beloved,

I'm Mrs Judith Peters,I am a sick woman who was diagnosed with cancer 2
years ago. My main reason for contacting you is because I want to entrust a
charity project to you, I know this may sound so strange to you and also
extremely risky for me to offer such a proposal to a total stranger via
email but this is my last resort to get this done. I am looking for a
confidant, someone to help fulfill my last wish.

I have a project that I am about to hand over to you. and I already
instructed the Heritage STBank to transfer my fund sum of $70,000.000.00
USD to you so as to enable you to give 50% to Charitable Home and take 50%
for yourself.

Don't think otherwise and why would anybody send someone you barely know to
help you deliver a message, help me do this for the happiness of my soul
and for God to mercy me and my Family and give Us a good place.

Please, do as I said there was someone from your State that I deeply love
so very very much and I miss her so badly I have no means to reach any
Charitable Home there, that is why I go for a personal search of the
Country and State and I got your mail contact through search to let you
know my Bitterness and the situation that i am passing through.

Hope to read from you. I will appreciate your selfless act towards the less
privileged, I don’t mind if you could be of trustful help. I will be
waiting to read from you urgently as time is of essence due the limited
time I have and my ill health condition.

Please help me get Dark. I ask my Attorney to help me keep you notice
failure for me to reach you in person.

The Doctor said I have a few days to live, please contact my attorney with
the following email address as soon as possible, I am finding it difficult
to breathe now and I am not sure if I can stay up for more.

Name Attorney Chaplain Upright

Please hurry up to contact my attorney so that he can direct you on how you
will hand over 50% of the $70,000,000.00 to Charity, i really want to
achieve that goal by helping the Charity organization before I die.

My Regards.
Mrs Judith Peters

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