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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:

Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 11:44:09 -0700
Subject: GOOD DAY

Dearly Beloved,

I am Mrs.SANDRA WAYNE from Zurich Switzerland, I was married to late Mr.
WAYNE FRANK who worked at the Agco, global agricultural equipment
manufacturer, I am 79 years old, I am suffering from a long time cancer of
the breast which has affected my talking & hearing lately. The cancer has
reached a critical stage, so my doctors have courageously advised me to
indulge in Prayers as well because it is clear that I would not live past
the next two to three months. I was raised in an orphanage Home, and was
married to my late husband for twenty years without a child.

My husband and I are true Christians so after his death I decided not
tore-marry, he died in a fatal airplane crash CLICK TO VIEW
THE NEWS<> which I
know is political motivated because of his venture in the new oil
industry.I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the huge sum
of $8million USD with a Bank. Presently, the money is still with the
bank, and I received a letter from the management of the holding bank as
the real depositor urging me to come forward to receive the money after
keeping it forsuch along or rather issue a letter of approval or power of
attorney to somebody to receive it on my behalf or the management will
the funds.

Frankly, I can not come over as a result of my illness; I'm with my laptop
in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment. I have since lost my
ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months
to live.

It is my last wish to see that this money is invested in any Charitable
Organization of your choice and distributed each year among the Charity
organizations and Orphanages, so I want a good humanitarian to use this
money to fund Churches, Needy and Widows in São Tomé and Principe or in
your Country but preferably in São Tomé and Principe. I must let you know
that this was a very hard decision, but I had to take a bold step towards
this issue, and I hope you will help see my last wishes come true.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall use the little money I have for my
drugs and Media-care to procure and issue you a letter of authority which
will prove that you are the new beneficiary of my funds and I shall release
the contact of the Bank to you.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. I hope
to hear from you soonest if you are willing to handle this project Psalms
41: 1 Blessed is he that considerate the poor, the Lord will deliver him in
time of trouble.

Awaiting your urgent reply as soon as possible.
Private email ( )

Yours in Christ.

God bless you.

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