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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 Monika Singh." <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2022 14:28:35 +0200
Subject: From Mrs Monika Singh.

Hello My Dearest,

I want you to read this letter very carefully and I must apologize for bringing this message to your email without any formal introduction due to the urgency of this issue. I am happy to know you. But the Almighty Lord knows you better and knows why he directed me to you at this point. To begin I saw your email and contact details on my search for a good next of kin online as a result of my urgency to put my last wish into reality before i die any time soon.

I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great sorrow in my heart, My Name is Mrs Monika Singh, I am contacting you from my country India I want to tell you this because I don't have any other option than to tell you as I was touched to open up to you, I married to Mr. Peter Singh who worked with Tunisia embassy in Madrid Spain for nine years before he died in the year 2005. We were married for eleven years without a child.

He died after a brief illness that lasted for only five days. Since his death I decided not to remarry, When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $45,850,000.00 ( Forty Five million eight hundred and fifty thousand dollars ) in a bank here in India New Delhi the capital city of New Delhi India. Presently this money is still in the bank, he made this money available for exportation of Gold from Madrid Spain mining before his sudden death. Recently My Doctor told me that I would not last for the period of 3 months before I will too due to cancer problems. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke illness. Having known my condition I decided to hand you over this money to take care of the less-privileged people, you will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.

I want you to take 30 Percent of the total money for your personal use and for your effort and dedication towards the charity project work, While 70% of the money will go to the charity project work, people in need from the street and helping the orphanage too, i grew up as an orphan and i don't have any body as my family member. Also make sure that the house of God is maintained from the funds. Am doing this so that God will forgive my sins and accept my soul because these illnesses have suffered me so much. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank here in Delhi India and I will also instruct the Bank Manager to issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of the money in the bank that is if you assure me that you will act accordingly as i Stated herein.

Hoping to receive your reply, then i will proceed with you to the bank for the money transfer to your bank account as soon as possible, that is if you are serious enough to handle the project and also dedicate your effort to it because i believe i can trust you honestly.

Yours faithfully.
From Mrs Monika Singh.

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