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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:

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 08:03:58 -0700
Subject: From Mrs.Nerissa Serena Abbott


Greetings to God almighty, it is understandable that you might be a little
bit apprehensive because you do not know me but my contacting you today is
God wish and I got your reference in my search through international

My name is Mrs. Nerissa Serena Abbott, from Sierra-Leone. I have no child
and i am diagnosed with advanced cancer and have been in the hospital for a
very long time, my cancer has defied all forms of medical treatment, and
right now I have about few weeks to live, according to the medical experts
and am prepare and ready to go.

i have fifteen million united states dollars ($15,000,000.00) i deposited in
a safe security firm in Benin Republic, no one is aware of this fund and i
deposited it as a consignment. I had a covenant with God to make a donation
before giving up my last breath and i seek for your help and assistance to
relocate the funds to your country and distribute it to charity
organizations in your country or anywhere in the world.

i have realize i lived ungodly life, as I never really cared for anyone
(not even myself) but my business and wealth, having known my condition I
decided to donate these fund to a charity organization that will utilize
this money the way I am going to instruct. I want your help to distribute
the fund to an organization that will use it for humanity in helping the
needy, orphanages, poor and autism people, church, widows, propagating the
word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained.

I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
money and i have willed and shared all of my properties and assets to my
immediate and extended family members. my request of your help to handle
this charitable work was due to the betrayal i received from my relatives, i
once asked my relatives to close one of my accounts and distribute the money
which I have there to charity organizations for aid and development,they
refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them
anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.

your help will never go unnoticed,i would want you to keep 20% of the fund
to yourself and utilize the rest to charity organizations work. if you
accepted to assist me reply this email as soon as possible and i will give
you further details to relocate the funds successful.

My regards and may God bless you.
Mrs. Nerissa Serena Abbott

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