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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: Jacinto Zamora <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 05:06:37 +0100
Subject: issues of health

I am Jacinto Zamora
a Widow suffering from ovarian cancer my condition is really deteriorating
and it is quite obvious that i might not live more than two months, my
doctor confirm the cancer has gotten to a very worst dangerous stage, my
late husband and my only child died few years ago, his death was
politically motivated, my late husband was a very rich and wealthy business
man, he was running his cocoa timber plantation business in Côte
d'Ivoire.After his death, I started managing all his business and wealth,
my late husband

deposited Us4.5 million dollars in one of the bank here he wanted to use
the fund to expand his cocoa timber plantation business to other African
countries before his sudden death. I struggle to write you this memorandum
in tears while searching for a reliable and honest person to help me donate
the fund to orphanages in your country. I want God to have mercy on me and
accept my soul, so I decided to charities churches motherless babies’
temples less privileged and Give widows alms, Therefore, I have instructed
my bank manager to transfer the capital to a foreigner that will apply
before I passed on. The bank already has the doctor's report of my physical
condition confirming I will not live longer. 80% of this total amount is
for donation, the remaining 20% is for you.
Contact me

Kindly respond immediately
Jacinto Zamora

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