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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 Sandra Morris <>
Reply-To: Mrs Sandra Morris <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:45:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Fro Madame. Sandra Morris


I am Madame. Sandra Morris, I am married to Mr David Morris. Having no family because my husband and I had not had children before his death, I took the decision to bequeath my whole legacy is £ 6,500,000 million pounds to a charity or a person of good character so that the money used to build an orphanage, hospital or any other action going in the field of charitable effort to disinherit the child.

I do not want my money to be managed by a selfish because unfortunately you and I know that our leaders are not good morals and my money could be found in their accounts abroad or be used to buy luxury residences or satisfy any desire of this kind instead of being used to help underprivileged children the way I want.

The money is deposited in a bank here where I am currently reside.l want the money to be invested wisely in the areas mentioned above to make my goal of making a little help to the needy is reached .

If you know of good character or a charity or a person working for the underprivileged and children with the fear of God does not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible because I am very weak from the disease but do not know if I'll take the 2 months I have been given.

I know it does not may be open to me the gates of heaven, but at least I'd go clear conscience knowing that I contribute a little to make this world a better place to live right.

May God bless you.

Madame. Sandra Morris

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