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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: Jenny Lee <>
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 16:06:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Greetings from Mrs. Lee

Greetings from Mrs. Lee,

After going through your profile through internet i decided to contact
you for friendship and assistace for distribution of my inherentance.My name is Mrs. Jenny Lee; I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you/ church. I am 59 years old and
I was diagnosed for cancer for about 2 years ago, immediately after the
death of my husband, who has left me everything he worked for.

I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my
late husband to you/church for the good work of God, rather than allow
my relatives to use my husband hard earned funds ungodly. Please pray
that the good Lord forgive me my sins. I have asked God to forgive me
and I believe he has because He is a merciful God. Iwill be going in for an operation in the next 2 weeks from now.

I decided to WILL/donate the sum of $2,500,000 (two million five
hundred thousand dollars) to you for the good work of the lord, and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows.At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my husband's relatives are around me and my health status. I have adjusted my WILL and my lawyer is aware I have changed my will you and he will arrange the transfer of the funds from my account to you.

I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, and
please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.

I have contacted my legal consultant and tell him that I have WILLED
($2,500,000.00) to you and I have also notified him that I am WILLING
that amount to you for a specific and good work. I know I donŽt know you but I have been directed to do this. Thanks and God bless. I will
directive you further after hearing from you.
NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until
the task is accomplished as I don't want anything that will jeopardize
my last wish. And Also I will be contacting with you by email as I
don't want my husband relation or anybody to know because they are always around me.
Reply me through this my most private email :
Jenny Lee (Mrs.)

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