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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: melanie megan <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 13:31:15 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Calvary Greetings,

Calvary Greetings,

May God grant you the wisdom and sympathy to understand my situation and how much I need your help, herein I plead however strange or surprising this contact might seem to you, as we have not meet personally or had any dealings in the past, I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and immense benefit.

My names are Mrs. Melanie Megan, I am the widow of Late Dr. Morgan Megan who is a business man, we were married for 22 years without a child and he died last year after a brief illness.

Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my health condition (cancer of the lever and stroke) having known my present health condition there is a deep secret which I want to share with you in full confidentiality as a co-worker in Gods vineyard.

Before my husband died last year he had a banquets at a Trust Company valued at ($3.400.000 us dollars) Having known my health condition, I feel it will be legally proper to donate this fund to you to utilize in propagating the word of God and in building orphanage homes for less privileged people.

I am therefore, inviting you to partner with me in this strategic ministry to handle the funds the way I have stated herein, and I also want you to always remember me in your prayers for my up coming Cancer Surgery.

Please any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose; I expect your favourable response urgently, indicating your full interest to this ministry partnership.

In Christ

Mrs. Melanie Megan.
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