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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 Victoria Brown" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:23:19 -1200
Subject: Greetings to You from Mrs Victoria Brown.

Greetings to You from Mrs Victoria Brown.

I want to begin by thanking God almighty for his infinite mercy and his
grace opportunity to meet through this medium,i know you will be surprise
to see this letter but i use this medium because it is the easiest and
fast way to reach you.Please pardon me if this letter did not meet you in
your good mode and treat it with utmost confident and secrecy.

I am Mrs Victoria Brown From Republic Du Benin married with Late Dr
Leonard Brown both of us where devoted Christians and work as Government
functionaries here in Benin Republic.I am looking for a reliable
Christian person or organization or Church i will entrust $5.5 million
dollars for spreading of Christianity and helping of poor people in the
society due to my health condition.I was a cancer woman but what pains me
now was the recent stroke.

I take this bold decision because i did not have any child for my husband
and my husband relatives where Muslim ,they have squandered my husband
wealth and properties even throw me out of my husband’s house due to
fetish religion that i have no child that will inherit those things.

So my dear beloved in the lord,i am contacting you so that you will use
this money which my husband deposited before he died in the year 2001
because the bank has called me for this money and i want it to be used in
spreading Christianity and help poor people around.

If you know that you will not betray this trust i am about to give you now
please reply me back to have the authorization from me to receive this
money so that you will use it accordingly as i above instructed.

Waiting your reply through my private email address
( in good faith and may the almighty God give you
more inspiration on this and be bless.Here is my directly telephone number
+229 97 53 74 26 you can reach me for more discussion.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Victoria Brown

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