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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. Thomas Lorita" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 10:49:30 +0100
Subject: Hope I can Trust you

Hello Dear,

Is my pleasure to write to you after considering your profile My name
is Mrs. Lorita Thomas a nationality of Kuwait.I am married to Mr.
Vincent Thomas who worked with Malaysian oil company for Nine years
before he died in the year 2019.We were married for Many years
without a child, he died as a resultof Covid-19 in 2019.
Before his death we were both born again Christians but Non
discrimination of any religion.

When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of $8.3 Million
(Eight Million three hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) with a BANK,
Presently, this money is still with the bank. Recently, my Doctor told
me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer and
now covid-19 positive
Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my
condition I want to donate this fund to church or better still a
Christian,Muslim or any individual who can handle this
and will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct
herein. I want a church, Muslim or Christian that will use this fund
to;churches,orphanages, Refugees,Research centers and widows
propagating to the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is

Whoever that wants to serve the lord must serve him in spirit and
truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in
your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church,Christian or
Muslim or any good individual for this same purpose. Please assure me
that you will act accordingly as I stated here in.

Hoping to hearing from you soon.
Remain blessed.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Lorita Thomas

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