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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.Grace Smart <>
Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:23:52 -0400
Subject: Grace Smart.....

Dear Beloved.

My name is Mrs.Grace Smart am 75yrs old of age, I stay in new york city, I am a good merchant, I have several industrial companies and good share in various banks in the world. I spend all my life on investment and co-operate business both in Asia, Europe and America. All the way I lost my husband and two beautiful children in Car Accident which remains in my heart.

I am a very greedy woman with all cost I don't know much about people but since when I had an experience of my difficulties to sleep and give rest. Ending of last year (September) I was sent a letter of medical checkup, as my personal doctor testify that I have a lung cancer, which can easily take off my life soon. I found it uneasy to survive myself because a lot of my investment cannot be run and manage by me again. I quickly call up for my pastor to give me positive thinking on this solution, as my adviser, he ministered to me to share my properties, wealth, to motherless baby/orphanage homes people that need money for survivor, business women and men for their investment and for future rising since my husband relatives are praying for my death in other for them to inherit all our live investment and that I will not allow it to happen and that is why I need you here to help me set up a charity home where the motherless children can benefit from this opportunity.

Therefore I am writing this letter to people who are really in need of help to contact me urgently. So that I can make available preparation on that, especially women of the day, who are divorced by their husband and left with kids, why they cannot survive from feeding their self. Please contact me and stop weeping. Probably let me know what you really need the money for and if you can still help me to nearest orphanages homes near your town. Now am so much with God, am now born again.

May the lord bless you, as you reach me, please to remind you don't belong to scammers or any act of fraudulent act on internet? I will give more information to you as I await your response immediately, please get back to me through this email for fast attention:


Mrs. Grace Smart.

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