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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Esther Deb. Parr." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2023 12:30:08 +0200
Subject: I Await Yoir Reply230

I Chose You My Dear, This is crucially urgent and that is my reason of writing to you please dear; in this regard I urgently expect your response, but Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and urgent. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end. It may surprise you receiving this letter from me, since there has not been any previous correspondence between us. Rather, I choose to contact you after coming across your profile in the chamber of commerce here in Johannesburg, South Africa and I have the confidence and trust in you with regards to your personality and respect that you have. I am Mrs. Esther Deborah. Parrboat, I was born in the state of Ohio USA, and I am legally married to Mr. Hilary Hendricks Parrboat, a South Africa citizen born and raised in Switzerland, we lived in Switzerland for 25 years before we returned to South Africa in 1996 after my husbandís retirement. I am 73 years old by the grace of God, and I respect humanity and nature, actually it is the reason I am writing to you because I know you can be trusted, as I noticed it from your profile before I decided to contact you for this. The reason I have contacted you is simply because, I have been sick with (illness) cancer of the bone (leukemia). This illness has troubled me for a long time and all indications from my doctor and medical analysis are that, my condition is really deteriorating and getting worse; although it is God who has the final decision to my life, but the fact is that the cancer disease has gotten to a very bad stage that, there is little hope for me to be living again. Actually, the reason I tried severally to reach you is because, I am willing to DONATE and change my WILL to your names to benefit this sum of USD$20.5, Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand dollars for the help of the less privileged and homeless and old age people as well as the needy in your country and other countries of your choice, of which you will be responsible in taking care of the disbursement and sharing of this money to organizations that I will appoint in due course. Meanwhile, you will also get 30% of the money which will amount to the sum of; Six million, One hundred Thousand ($6,150,000USD) as your share and compensation for helping me in the fulfillment of this of donation and project work of Godly good will to humanity, that I and my late husband jointly agreed upon, before his death. This money was deposited by my late husband before for this purpose before he passed-on, on the 16th April 2012, so I guarantee the success of this transaction in all legal definitions. I have contacted the bank for the claim of the fund and the Bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin/beneficiary. And thatís why my reason of seeking your consent to present you to the Bank as the Next of Kin/beneficiary of this fund, so that the fund will be released to you as his next of kin. All the legal documents to back up your claim as the next of Kin will be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation and absolute confidentiality in order to guarantee success. Please I want you to note that this fund is still in the bank where my late husband and I deposited it. I am going to advice my banker to change my last WILL to your name and file in an application for the transfer of the money in your names and to your account, once I have received your quick reply. The intended transaction and the project accompanying it will be processed under legitimacy by a lawyer, which will protect me and you from any violation of financial law, either here in South Africa or in your home country, so do not fear or worry. Please send your response indicating readiness to proceed with this transaction and I would give you more details and instructions on how to contact the banker immediately as I await your reply as urgently as possible. God bless you and your family at large. Email- Phone / Whatsapp (+27-79-440-5094) Yours Sincerely Friend and Partner, Mrs. Esther. D. Parr.

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