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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: Rosemary Williams <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 05:12:49 +0100

Dear beloved, GREETINGS May the peace of God be with you, I am Mrs Rosemary Williams a widow to Late Mr John williams, I am 79years old, I am now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all indications, my condition is serious and according to my doctor it is quite obvious that I may not survive the sickness, although as a Christian I believe in God and I know that I will not die, I will live to declare the glory of God. My late husband and my only son were killed during the Crisis some years back and I am presently leaving with some domestic staffers, Our God is my comforter. I have the sum of $15,000,000.(Fifteen million US Dollars)The fund is in cash, packaged in consignments deposited with a Security Company for safety and security reasons Presently all the documents concerning the consignments are with my lawyer.Now that my sickness has gone to this stage,I am scared i might die any time therefore i wish that the fund be used to the glory of God. This money is the procceed from the sale of properties and shares and physical cash i inherited from my late husband. I have prayed and I told God to direct me to an honest Person who will receive this fund and utilise it for things that will glorify the name of God. After my prayers, I searched and I found you and I decided to contact you. Please if you are honest and faithful enough to use this fund strictly for the work of God, please send to me your full names and address to enable me give it to my lawyer, For immediate arrangement with the security company on how the consignments will be delivered to you. Thanks and God bless you while waiting to hear from you via ( Mrs Rosemary Williams
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