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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. Elizabeth Johnson" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2023 14:19:59 +0200
Subject: Your Reply Please74

My Dear Friend, God bless you.
I hope this letter finds you well. My name is Mrs. Elizabeth A. Johnson fr=
om the Republic of South Africa. I am reaching out to you as a believer in =
the almighty God and as someone who is currently battling advanced breast c=
ancer. Unfortunately, my condition has worsened, and the doctors predict th=
at I may have no more than three months to live.
I lost my husband, Dr. A. Johnson, to a politically motivated incident fiv=
e years ago. He was a wealthy businessman involved in the Gold/Diamond indu=
stry and also worked as a security contractor for the US embassy. Following=
his passing, I inherited his business and wealth. Given my limited time le=
ft, I have made the decision to distribute a portion of this wealth to help=
the less privileged, the homeless, the elderly, and those in need in your =
country and other countries of your choice.
I came across your email address during my search on the internet, and I p=
rayed to God to guide me to an honest person who can assist me in fulfillin=
g this wish before my health deteriorates further.
I would like to donate the sum of $5,600,000.00 USD (Five Million Six hund=
red thousand United States dollars) to support those in need. Please note t=
hat this fund is currently held in a bank here in South Africa.
If you are interested and willing to help me in this act of charity, kindl=
y let me know. Once I hear back from you, I will provide you with all the n=
ecessary information to facilitate the release and transfer of these funds =
to your bank account. It is my earnest prayer that this money, when transfe=
rred to you, will be used for the intended purpose, as I have come to reali=
ze that acquiring wealth without the grace of God is meaningless.
May the grace of God be with you and your family. I eagerly await your res=
With warm regards, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Johnson
Here is my email address and phone number
Phone=3D +27-73-490-1980

Thanks and God bless you.
Yours Beloved Sister
Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson

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