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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.Grace Alexander" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:31:52 -0700
Subject: Re:


Gods Spirit has moved me deeply to send you a note reminding you of the importance of being thankful to the Lord for all his love and blessings to us. Giving him thanks is important, even in the midst of troubles and times of testing.

I am Mrs. Grace Alexander,the wife of Mr.Robert Alexander,both of us are citizens of the united state of America, my husband worked with the Chevron Texaco in Hong Kong for twenty years before he died in the year 2004 We were married for ten years without a child. My Husband died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.

I am in a hospital in Hong Kong where I have been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors
have told me that I have only a few weeks to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations and NGO anywhere in the World in helping human race.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 7.5 Million Pounds(Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds) with a Bank in Europe.

Now I have some funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum of 7.5 Million Pounds(Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds) and I needed a very honest and God fearing Christian that will use the fund for Gods work, I found your email address from the internet and decided to contact you. Please if you would be able to use the funds for the Lords work, kindly reply for further details.

I await your quick response to this mail as this is my last wish to see this funds transferred before my Death.Please my beloved for further communication on how we are going to conclude this,Remain Blessed.

Your Sister in Christ,
Mrs.Grace Alexander.

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