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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: "Mrs. Christina Liang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 03:00:01 +0800
Subject: Reply Asap

Beloved in Christ,

I Greetings in the name of our lord Jesus Chris I am Mrs. Christina Liang , a 52yrs old widow to late Mr.

Fredrick Liang from Switzerland. I am now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the

breast, and from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I might

not live up to 3 months, according to my doctors.This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad

stage. My late husband died last year, and during the period of our marriage we could not produce any child.

My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth; Based on the

doctors reports that I might not live up to three months. My late husband family intentions is to allow me

die in this condition because I do not have any child, that what pushed me to source for a Godly person

abroad who will make this claim of $4.5 Million dollars which we deposited in a security firm here in


I will give you all the information you will need to make this claim of this fund once I receive a positive

response from you and also your assurance that you will not betray this confidence that I am reposing in

you. I am doing this because my family are unbelievers and I will not allow them inherit this money for

their own selfishness. I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Jesus Christ is vanity.

Your sister in Christ,
Mrs. Christina Liang.

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