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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.Rebecca Nathaniel" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Rebecca Nathaniel" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:38:30 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings


I am Mrs.Rebecca Nathaniel an ageing widow suffering from long time illness, Recently my Doctor told me that I may not last for the next three months due to my cancer problem.i am currently admitted in a privet hospital,I have some funds I inherited from my late loving husband Mr. Richard Nathaniel,We were married for Eighteen years with a duaghter(Hannah)who later died in a motor accident. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (US$2.500.000) Two Million, Five Hundred thousand United States Dollars which he deposited with a prime bank in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an organization,orphanage homes, humaniterian Aid,  and I need a very honest and God fearing person that can use this funds for God's work. I decided to donate this fund to an Charity organization and humanitarian Aid, that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein, according to the desire of my late
husband before his death. And 15% out of the total funds will be for your compensation for doing this work of God.

Please if you would be able to use these funds for the Lord's work, humaniterian Aid kindly reply me.

Yours Sister in the Lord.
Mrs Rebecca Nathaniel

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