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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: mrsaminajohnson2000 <>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 09:49:36 +0100
Subject: Beloved Friend in the Lord,

*Beloved Friend in the Lord,

Greetings in the name of God, Pls let this not sound strange to you for my
only surviving lawyer who would have done this died early this year, I
prayed and got your E-mail I'd from your country's guestbook which I have
been going through since the death of my late husband in search of a God
fearing person to whom I will entrust my inheritance fund to his or her hand
that will not betray my intention.

I am Mrs. Amina Johnson from Switzerland, I am 40 years old, suffering from
a long time cancer of the lungs, from all indication my conditions is really
deteriorating and it is quite obvious according to my doctors that I may not
live so long, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad

Meanwhile, I was brought up from a motherless babies home as an orphan, was
married to my late husband for twenty years without a child, my husband died
in a plan crash, and before his death we were true believers.

Since his death, I decided not to re-marry and sold all my inherited
belongings and deposited the sum of Ten million U.S dollars (US$10.M) with
First Inland Bank Plc.

Presently, this money is still with the bank, and the manager of the bank
Mr. Ernest Oji just wrote me of recently to come forward to receive the
money. For keeping it so long will amount of loosing it, or rather
issue a letter
of authorization to somebody of my choice to receive it on my behalf since I
can not come over to them because of my illness or consider the money be

However, I'm with my laptop on my hospital bed here in Switzerland where I
has been undergoing treatment for my cancer of the lungs.*
It is my best wish to see that this money is invested to any charitable
organization of your choice, and use part of it to promote Christianity,
Islam and as well as distributing each year among the widows, less
privileges, orphanages and the motherless babies home across your country.

I want you as God-fearing person to assuring me that you will utilize this
funds accordingly as I stated herein without deviating from my heart desire.

I took this decision, before I rest in peace due to what I gone through
during my days of up bringing as an orphan with motherless babies home.

As soon as I receive your reply with your INFORMATION'S, I shall give you
the contact of the First Inland Bank plc where I deposited this fund to
enable you contact them on the matter and thereafter, I will also issue
you my letter of authorization that will prove you as the beneficiary of my

For your interest and readiness to carry out this divine project on my
behalf, get back to me immediately on:

Thanks for understanding while hoping to receive your immediate reply.

Yours beloved Sister in the Lord,


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