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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: Rev Grace titii <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 19:55:55 +0000
Subject: i will this us$4 million to you


My name is REV MRS GRACE TITI, i have been doing God'S work for over
30yrs now,I AM ALSO THE FOUNDER OF GRACE LIFE MINISTRIES (CHURCH); I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you/church/Orphanages/motherless babies home.

I am 69 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 and because the doctors told me I will not live longer than some weeks because of my health i decided to WILL/donate the sum of $4 000 000 four million dollars to you for the good work of humanity and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows.

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.
it is very important you forward to me your information as thus

your full name============
contact addres===========
telephone numbers=========
your age===============
your occupation==========

to enable me issue you a LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION to you which you will forward to the bank so that the fund will be transfer to your account
as soon as i hear from you i will give you the contact information of the bank account officer,tell him that I have WILLED my $4 000 000.00 to you and I will also notified him. I know I don't know you but I have been directed to do this by God almight.Thanks and God bless

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. kindly contact me through my alternative email
From Rev Mrs.Grace Titi

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