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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: "susan elliot" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 19:30:21 +0000
Subject: Hello

>From Mrs,Susan Elliot Whales.

I am the above named person from Malaysia but now undergoing medical
treatment in London. I am married to Dr.Davis Elliot Whales who worked with
Malaysia embassy in South Africa for nine years before he died four years
ago. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief
illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born
again Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child
outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband
was alive he deposited the sum of twenty-seven Million six hundred thousand
U.S. Dollars with one faniance/security company in Europe. Presently, this
money is still with the Security Company. Recently, my Doctor told me that I
would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. Though what
disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate
this fund to church or better still a christian individual that will utilize
this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want a church or
individual that will use this to fund churches, orphanages and widows
propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is
maintained. The Bible made us to understand that Blessed is the hand that
giveth. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will
inherit this money and my husband relatives are not
ChristianS and I dont want my husbands hard earned money to be misused by
unbelievers. I donot want a situation where this money will be used in an
ungodly manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not
afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know
that I am going to be in the bossom of the Lord. Exodus fourteen verse
foruteen says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I
dont need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
health,and because of the presence of my husband's relatives
around me always. I donot want them to know about this development. With God
all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you
the contact of the Finance/Security Company Europe. I will also issue you a
letter of authority that will empower you as the
original- beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church to always pray
for me because the lord is my shephard. My happiness is that I lived a life
of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him
in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all
through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for
a church or christian individual for this same purpose. Please assure me
that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hear from you
via my private email box:

Mrs, Susan Elliot

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