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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: Grace Jaak Hansen <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:13:47 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Can i trust you?

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- My dear in the Lord,Greetings to you in the most name of our Almighty. His richest blessings shall be upon you forever! I am Mrs. Grace Jaak Hansen.I am 52 years old from Netherlands but based in the UK ; I am suffering from a long time cancer of the Lungs which also affected my brain. From all indication, my condition is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that I live for the next few months, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I was brought up in a motherless babies home, was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child.My husband died in a fatal motor accident and before his death we were true Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry, I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $13.5 million dollars with a Security Company/Bank. Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me as the true owner to come forward!
to receive the money for keeping it so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I cannot come over because of my illness or forfeit it into their recovery vault.Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organization of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organizations, the poor and the motherless babies' homes where I come from.I want you as a God fearing person, to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows. I took this decision, before I rest in peace because my time will soon be up.As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will approve you as the new beneficiary of my fund.Plea!
se assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. I shal
l wait to receive your prayerful reply through my private email- Yours truly, Mrs. Grace Jaak Hansen

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