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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: Sandra Solano <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 22:13:51 +0100
Subject: Re: My dear beloved one

Dear Beloved,

Greetings in the name of the Lord! My name is Mrs. Sandra Solano. I am
terminally ill and have decided to donate my inheritance from my
Husband to you. No doubt, you may wonder how I got to know you and
Your email address and what informed my decision to will my fortune to
You, when I have lots of people I know better to whom I should have
Willed my fortune here. Dear, you have no cause to worry about these
questions, for I mean no harm.

Regarding how I got your personal details, it is via the internet with
the help of the nurse assigned to attend to me in my private ward here
in the hospital. Because I cannot surf on my own due to partial
stroke, it is the nurse who surfs for me under my direction. On
deciding to donate my fortune to an individual, I instructed her to
search from the internet 15 individual profiles at random and to
conduct randomized sampling on the profiles and whosoever profile
that is chosen shall donate my inheritance to, hence your profile was
chosen. Therefore, I am donating my fortune to you partly because of
your selection random sampling experiment and because my husband and I
never had any child, despite all our attempts at child-bearing.

Again, it may interest you to know that I am 59 years old and have
been diagnosed of acute cancer for about 2 years now, shortly after
the death of my husband, which made me hypertensive and resulted in
stroke. In my present condition, life is without meaning to me and
hope has since eluded me. Each day I give my entire existence a
thought, I feel over-powered by gloom and despair and saw nothing but
death lurking around. All these are my reasons for deciding on using
anything in my name for charity in which co-incidentally you have been
favored as the beneficiary. I must tell you that I was truly touched
by God to take this decision/action.

I decided not to donate my inheritance to the people I know around me
but instead a stranger, because if I did, upon my death, my husband's
relatives will engage the beneficiary in litigation(court
case),claiming the donation is without their consultation and consent
and to that extent my decision/action is null and void, and they may
use their connections and influence to reclaim or recover it,a thing I
hate to imagine! My husband's relatives are such that it will amount
to betrayal of my late husband if I let them have his hard-labored
fortune and enjoy it, despite how they mistreated my late husband
under my very nose. God forbid that I will let them reap where they
did not sow This is ,again, part of the reasons for my

I will expect that you will as am about doing to you this day do to
the lives of others, for life is better lead on the philosophy of give
and take. I will advise that you don't see your windfall as avenue for
pleasure spree but should see it as an opportunity to build and grow
your personal finances to an enviable level, for both your benefit and
the benefit of others.

Always put me in your prayers and ask God to forgive my sins and
trespasses shall be undergoing major operations in less than a month
from now and have willed/donated the sum of $US7, 900,000.00 (Seven
Million, Nine Hundred Thousand, UNITED STATES DOLLARS) to you for
personal use and for the purpose of helping the needy and
less-privileged around you. If you are sure that you will use the
donated fund as I have advised here, contact my attorney to help you
arrange the transfer of the fund to your account. You may reach my
attorney Via his private details below:

Mobile: +2348037133340

Please use 45% of the money for charity and collect 50% for all
expenses which you made in the process of transferring the money to
your bank account. 3% goes to the development of the mosques or
churches and 2 % goes to my lawyer; Barrister Andrew Martins.

You should give my attorney your cooperation so that he assists you
fully in the processing and remittance of your Donation/bequest.

All the best!

Mrs. Sandra Solano

Feel free to contact me on:
PHONE: +2348032122099

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