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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: Linda Roberts <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 06:53:48 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: From Mrs.Linda Roberts

Dear Beloved,
I am Mrs Linda Roberts.I was married to Mr Jason Roberts,who was the Director of Operations for Deloitte and Touche West Africa for ten years before his untimely death in the year 2005. We were married for eighteen years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.
Since his death I decided not to remarry .When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2.3 Million United State Dollars (Two Million Three Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars ) in a commercial bank in an escrow account.
Presently,the fund is still with the bank.Recently, my Doctor told me that l have a serious sickness which is cancer related problem as well as stroke. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or organization that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want an organization or individual that will use this fund for orphanages, widows,propagating the word of God and to endeavor 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 l was once brought up by foster parents since my dad died through a fatal accident and was also told my mum died whilst given birth to me. This is why I am taking this decision. I know l will die one day but l will be much happy if l die knowing that the wealth that the good Lord gave my husband and I had been used to help others who are in need.
I want you 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.
Hoping to receive your reply
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs.Linda Roberts

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