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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: Gloria Caldwell <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 11:15:53 -1100
Subject: Re: Hi

Dear beloved friend,

I know that this letter may be a very big surprise to you, I came across
your profile from my personal search and I believe that you will be honest
to fulfill my final wish before I die.

I am Mrs Gloria Caldwell from London, I am deaf and suffering from cancer
for a long time. I am an EX-Director of an NGO (Non-Governmental
Organization), a graduate of HCS (High Study of Commerce).

I was diagnosed with cancer for about 21 months, meaning O-esophageal
cancer has been detected and Unfortunately my Doctor informed me that I'm
in Phase IV, that is to say that I will not Survive it.

During the Progression of my disease, I sold all my late husband's Business
Renovation Construction Company auctions.

The reason for my message is that I Lost my only Son, in a Plane crash a
few years back, I made arrangements for my Money (from the Sales of my late
husband Business), exactly the Sum of fourteen million three hundred and
thirty four thousand dollars ($USD14.334M).

The reason why I contact you is because I am against the fact that my funds
remain the property of the foreign corrupt government, I prefer it to be
used to acts beneficial to the evolution of the world or perform of
humanitarian acts, to help the needy people who suffer from hunger and
extreme poverty in Africa such as Somalia who Cross an Enormous
humanitarian Crisis, I Believe strongly that by this act my Son and I are
being welcomed into the heavenly Kingdom.

Well I am aware of what I propose and I ask for nothing.

Being assured of being in front of a responsible person, Please contact me
as soon as possible to enable me direct you on what to do to receive my
fortune for humanitarian Purpose.

Awaiting your reply.

Your beloved,
Mrs. Gloria Caldwell

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