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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: "SISTER TERESA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:48:35 +0100

Dearest One in God,
With Due Respect and Humanity, I was compelled to write to you under a humanitarian ground. My name is Mrs Teresa Johnson. From South Africa, I am 68yrs old, I am married to late Dr.Peterson Akpoyi Johnson. who has worked with Oil Company in Kuwait,and retired in the year 2008. He died in the year 2009 after a brief illness.
We were Christians and married for 26 years without a child. And Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next six months due to my cancer problem (cancer of the breast and stroke).
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($6.300.000.00 USD.)SIX MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS in one of the finance firm in Turkey for safe keeping. Presently this money is still in the Vault of the finance firm.Having known my condition I decided to hand over this money to your care and if you know that you will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct you herein, I will be very happy to approve this money in your name.
I will want you to use this money according to the desire of my late. Husband, to use it for the help of the Less privileged, orphans, and use it to propagate the word of God. I want you to know that I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money, and I don't want this money to be used in an ungodly way.
This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this money. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers because of my up coming Check-up.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I have stated herein. Hope to receive your urgent reply. and due to my present condition of my health, I may not be able to write to you faster.
You can always reach me through my private email :
Yours Sister in God,
Mrs. Terrisa Johnson.

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