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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 Cindy Zavala <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 01:27:17 -0800
Subject: May God bless you and your family.

Hello Dear,

I have some funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum of ($15.000.000
Million Dollars) my Doctor told me recently that I have serious sickness
which is a cancer problem. What disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.
Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to a good person
that will utilize it the way I am going to instruct herein. I need a very
honest and God fearing person who can claim this money and use it for
Charity works, for orphanages and gives justice and help to the poor, needy
and widows says The Lord." Jeremiah 22:15-16.“ and also build schools for
less privilege that will be named after my late husband if possible and to
promote the word of God and the effort that the house of God is maintained.

I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly
manner. That's why I'm taking this decision. I'm not afraid of death, so I
know where I'm going. I accept this decision because I do not have any
child who will inherit this money after I die. Please I want your sincere
and urgent answer to know if you will be able to execute this project, and
I will give you more information on how the fund will be transferred to
your bank account. May the grace, peace, love and the truth in the Word of
God be with you and all those that you love and care for.

Mrs.Cindy Zavala.
Writting from Hospital.

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