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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. Xin Phillip" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2022 00:52:29 +0000
Subject: Attn: Sir/Madam!!!

Hello Dear,

I apologize if the contents in this mail are contrary to your moral ethics, which I feel may be of great disturbance to your personal life, but please treat it with absolute secrecy and personal and I pray that this email reaches you in the best of health.

I pray to God that this message reaches you in a wonderful spirit as I am making this contact with you based on trust and confidence irrespective of the fact that we have not met before and because of the nature of the situation I found myself in.

I got your contact through your country's business directory and decided to contact you. I believe my contacting you is not an ordinary coincidence because God can use any body to known anyone and to accomplish great things which he has ordained

I am Mrs. Xin Phillip, I was hospitalized after I had a car accident with my family, I lost my husband and my two daughters who were also on board in the accident. After the accident, I have been battling with some health problems from the major injuries that I sustained in the accident.

Recently, my doctor told me that I have a few months to live due to the surgery that was conducted. Though what disturbs is my present predicament, due to the injuries that I sustained and damaged of my spinal cords in the accident.

Having known my condition, I have decided to Willing/Donate the sum of $19.5 Million (Nineteen million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) to charity and individual through you for the good work of the lord, and to help the Motherless, Less privileged and also for the assistance of the Widows.

Because I am the only surviving person and nobody else that will inherit this money because they are now dead. I don't want a situation whereby this deposit will be confiscated and declared serviceable by the officials of the finance company where it was deposited by my late husband who used to work with shell Development Company as an engineer before his death.

All I want you to do is to assist in safe-keep of this fund valued at (US$19.5Million) deposited at the custody of the security firm before it gets confiscated or declared UN-serviceable. I seek your consent to present you as the Trustee to my late husband's inheritance, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.

If you are interested in carrying out this task, I want you to contact me immediately through my private email at: ( ), so that I can arrange all the modalities to effect the release of the fund to you. I know I have never met you but my mind tells me to do this, and I hope you will act sincerely.

I have also decided that 30% of this money should be taken by you from the total sum upon the successful release of this fund, because I am now too weak and fragile to do things myself because of my present health problems.

I have been given 21 working days by the finance company for the collection of the deposited item before it will be confiscated. I will appreciate your at most confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished, as I don’t want anything that will jeopardize my last wish.

Kindly furnish me your full name and your address and also your contact number, so that I will prepare all relevant papers to effect the release of the fund to you.

Yours faithfully
Mrs. Xin Phillip.

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