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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,Jackie Grayson" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 05:51:54 -1200
Subject: HELLO

Greethings my beloved friend,

I sent this mail praying it will get to you in a good condition of
health, since I myself are in a very critical health condition in
which I sleep every night without knowing if I may be alive to see the
next day. I bring peace and love to you. It is by the grace of God, I
had no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God
for eternal life and in the sight of man, for witness of God’s mercy
and glory upon my life,I am Mrs,Grayson Jackie,a widow.I am suffering
from a long time brain tumor, It has defiled all forms of medical
treatment, and right now I have about a few months to leave, according
to medical experts.The situation has gotten complicated recently with
my inability to hear proper, am communicating with you with the help
of the chief nurse herein the hospital, from all indication my
conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that,
according to my doctors they have advised me that I may not live too
long, Because this illness has gotten to a very bad stage. I plead
that you will not expose or betray this trust and confidence that I am
about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of the orphans and the
less privilege. I have some funds I inherited from my late husband,
the sum of ($11,500,000.00 Dollars).Having known my condition, I
decided to donate this fund to you believing that you will utilize it
the way i am going to instruct herein.

I need you to assist me and reclaim 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 sincerely and urgent answer to know if you
will be able to execute this project for the glory of God, 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.
I'm waiting for your immediate reply,
Best Regards,
Mrs,Grayson Jackie,
Writting From the hospital,
May God Bless you,

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