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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: "Sherry Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 11:32:58 -0800

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition. I am using this opportunity to compensate you, The reason while am senidng you this gift, According to what my doctor told me that i will not be living long anymore due to my cancer problem. the sincerity, courage and trust worthiness that you will showed at the course of the transaction I want to compensate and show my gratitude to you with the sum 4.5 million united states dollars.

My dear friend I will like you to contact the Rev.Jack Brown for the collection of this international certified bank draft.


Email: ( OR OR

CONTACT NUMBER: (+229 9819 7721)

At the moment, I am very busy here because of the cancer problem am having. Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to Rev. Jack Brown on your behalf to send the bank draft to you, and as soon as you contact him without any delay. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart.

Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon.

My sincere advice to you as a christian is that you should endeavour to pay your tithe (10%) to a bible believing church when you get the prize.

Best Regards,
Mrs.Sherry Williams

N:B So sorry for have contacted you for so long it was due to the fact that i was responding to medical treatment i went for surgery and ever since I came back I couldn't locate you until i finally made it. That was why I am contacting you back to inform you that I finally made it as a result of this I had to compensate you with this offer.

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