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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Linda Mo"<>
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2022 08:03:13 +0200
Subject: RE: Donation For Orphanages

Donation For Orphanages
From: Mrs. Linda Morrison
My name is Mrs. Linda Morrison, a widow and a devoted Christian from Austr=
alia. I am married to Late Mr. Keith Donald Morrison who worked with the A=
ustralian Embassy in the Republic of South Africa for 20 years before he di=
ed in 2010. We were married for 15 years without a child. He died after a b=
rief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both =
born again Christians and we lived happily.
Since the Death of my late husband, I decided not to re-marry or get a chi=
ld outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is really against. When my l=
ate husband was alive he secured US$11.6M (Eleven Million Six Hundred Thous=
and United States Dollars) with the reserved Bank here in RSA. Presently, t=
his money is still with the financial institution. After the death of my la=
te husband, I have been suffering from arthritis. Two months ago, my doctor=
diagnosed me with terminal cancer and stroke; I have approximately twelve =
months to live. But what disturbs me most now is stroke. I am currently con=
fined to a wheelchair, and am being cared for by a nurse.
Before the Death of my late husband, he make it clear to me that %40 shoul=
d be given to you for receiving the fund in your Bank Account while %60 sho=
uld be used for Orphanages and Widows (humanitarian work).We have no childr=
en and my husband didn't want his brothers to inherit the fund. My Bible ma=
de us understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. My late husband and =
I made this decision because we don't have any child that will inherit this=
I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am g=
oing to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord wil=
l fight my case and I shall hold my peace. As soon as I receive your reply =
I shall give you the contact of the reserved Bank here in RSA where the fu=
nd was deposited. I will also give you all information regarding the deposi=
t of this fund. I want you and your family to always pray for me because Go=
d works in mysterious ways. My happiness is that I lived the life of a wort=
hy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit=
and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein %60 of U=
S$11.6M (Eleven Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) for hu=
manitarian purposes %40 for you.
Hoping to hear from you soon via email ...
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Linda Morrison

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