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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: sandra milers <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 22:26:23 +0000
Subject: His richest blessings shall be upon you forever

I CRAVE YOUR INDULENCE TO READ THIS. Dear Friend,Greetings to you in the most wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His richest blessings shall be upon you forever. I am Mrs.SANDRA MILER,I am 61 years old from Netherlands,i am deaf and suffering from a long time cancer of the Lungs which also affectedmy brain,from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating andit is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised methat i may not live for the next two months,this is because the cancerstage has gotten to avery bad stage. I was brought up from a motherlessbabies home, was married to my late husband for twenty years without achild.My husband died in a fatal motor accident.Before his death we were true Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry,I soldall my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $18.5milliondollars with a Security Company.Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wroteme as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keepingit so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody toreceive it on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness orthey get it confisticated.Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospitalwhere I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. I havesince lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I haveonly a few months to live. It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to anyorganisation of your choice and distributed each year among the charityorganization,the poor and the motherless babies home where i come from.I wantyou God fearing, to also use this money to fund churches,orphanages andwidows.I took this decision, before i rest in peace because my time will soonbe up. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact ofthe Security Company.I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as thenew beneficiary of my fund. Please assure me that you will actaccordingly as I stated herein. I shall wait at your prayerful reply. Thanking you in His precious name.Yours in His Service,Mrs.SANDRA MILER
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