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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: "Dr. Archer Greg" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 12:57:49 -0700
Subject: My name is Mrs. Faith Zenwakolo.

Good Day,

My name is Dr (Mrs.) Faith Zenwakolo, a dying woman who has decided to
donate what I have to charity through any thoughtful and selfless someone, I
got your information while browsing through the internet, although I am not
comfortable using this medium owing to the unsolicited emails everywhere but
someone has to be used to save this transaction. So, I honestly crave your
indulgence to digest and do what I have to say, please.

I am a 59 years old woman and was diagnosed for cancer about 2 years ago,
after the death of my husband who had left me everything he worked for. I
have decided to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband for
charity through you since I cannot do it all by myself considering my

I have WILLED/donated the sum of $5,500,000 (Five million five hundred
thousand united state dollars) to you/Organization for the less privileged
rather than allow my greedy relatives to use my husband's hard earned funds

I will be going for an operation tomorrow morning and at the moment I cannot
take any telephone calls, however, I have adjusted my WILL and my Executor
is aware. Please, you and him should arrange the transfer of the funds from
my Finance company to your humble self, wherever you are. Please contact my
Executor with his private E-mail:
With your full names, phone/fax numbers and your contact address and tell
him you are the one that I have WILLED the sum of $5,500,000 to, for
specific and good work.

I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task
is accomplished as I do not want anything that will jeopardize my last wish.
I will try and be in contact with you at any given opportunity.

I wish you all the best and, please use the funds well and always extend the
good work to others.

Dr (Mrs.) Faith Zenwakolo

Note: Dr Archer Greg is my personal doctor and I am sending you this mail
through his email.

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