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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: Rebecca Lee Zhang <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 17:06:06 -0700
Subject: Urgent Message $30,000,000.00 Funds

Hello Dear One,

Greetings and Sorry for intruding into your privacy.

My name is Mrs. Rebecca Lee Zhang, I was married to Engr. Hongsong Xim
Zhang, who worked with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)
for 18 years before he died on the 22nd of July 2020 in Guangdong,
China. We were married for years without a child. He died after a
brief illness caused by COVID-19 that lasted for five days.

I am a Cancer Patient and the disease have taken over my entire system
according to medical diagnosis and I want to donate my inheritance
funds US$30 Million that my late husband left in a financial house
before his death because recently the doctor told me that I might not
survive the latest Surgery which I have been booked for and I don't
know if I can survive Surgery.

I want you to use 90% which is ( US$27Million ) of this money to Less
Privileges, and build free schools and Orphanage homes and name them
after me and my husband ( Rebecca & Hongsong Zhang Orphanage Homes.).
Also part of this money goes to Cancer research programme
institutions, And also housing elderly and retired persons who have no
children in their lifetime just like me and my late husband.

I want you to take 5% which is ( US$1.5 Million ) of this money as the
person who agreed to carry out my last wish
My account office will take 5% which is ( US$1.5 Million ). He will
be the one to guide you on this process to make sure you receive the
funds for this project.

Please note that this fund is 100% Legal and no risk at all because
both myself and my late husband deposited this funds in a financial

I will give you more details only if you are willing and ready to
handle this project. Kindly reply me back with your private email
address for more details.

Contact me on this email directly: (

Hoping to receive your reply soon.


Mrs. Rebecca Lee

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