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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: "GRACE DANIEL" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:56:31 -0500

Hello My friend,

I am Mrs. Grace Daniel, before my late husband died, he had some fund amounting $5 Million (Five Million United States Dollars) deposited in a sundry account of a Bank .

At this moment, the funds are still with the Bank and just recently my Doctor told me that I have cancer. However the one that disturbs me most is the stroke attack that I had been suffering from for about two years now. Having known my condition I have decided to donate this fund through you to a church or an individual organization that will utilize this fund, for the purpose of the humanitarian assistant.

Because of lack of children, between I and my late husband, his relatives and that of mine, have been constantly insisting they want the fund shared, since I am aware of their plans and their extravagant lifestyle, I am persistent to see that the fund is spent for humanitarian work, according to the last wish of my late husband.

I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of the condition of my health,hence the present of my husband relatives around me always is another hindering factor,for I don't want them to know about this development.

(1}Your full name ________________________
(2}Address ______________________________
(3}Age _______________________
(4)Phone Number ______________________

As soon as I receive your reply with the contact as requested above, I shall give you further information, with the legal authorization letter that will help you to claim the fund, further the assistant of my attorney with all the required documents.

Remain blessed in the Lord
With love,
Mrs. Grace Daniel.

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