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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.Sarah M Henden" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:58:12 +0200

Attenton: Beloved,
Dear Sir/Madam,
May the Peace of the lord be with you,I decided to contact you through this medium for assistance and distribution of my inheritance. I got your Contact through a personal search via the internet. My name is Mrs.Sarah Marie Henden a dying woman who have decided to donate what i have to you. I am 58 years old and i was diagnosed for cancer for about 9 years ago, immediately after the death of my husband who has left me everything he worked for. I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and the nature of your business does not necessarily matter all I demand from you is assurance that you will not sit on this funds when it finally gets to your personal or company's account in your Country.
I know  i do not know you but i have been directed to do this by my instinct. I have been touched by God to donate from what i have inherited from my late husband for the good work of God, rather than allowing my relatives to use my husband hard-earned funds ungodly.  I once asked members of my families to close one of my accounts and donate the money which I have to Charity organization in bulgaria but they refused and kept the money to themselves because they are not inclined in helping the poor hence, I do not trust them anymore as they seems not to be contended with what I have left for them.
Now i cannot take telephone calls because my relatives are around me.  My lawyer is aware that I have adjusted my WILL you and him will arrange the transfer of theWILLED fund ($5,500,000.00 Million US Dollars ) from my account to yours.I have notified him that i WILLED this amount to you for a specific good work of the lord to help the motherless children, less privilege, assistance of  the widows, charity organization of your choice including Churches, according to (JAMES 1:27). I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this funds. Please pray that the good Lord forgive me my sins as I will be going in for an operation few days from now. 
NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished, as I do not want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. In addition, I will be contacting with you by email, as I do not want my relation or anybody to know because they are always around me. I pray that God uses you to support and assist me with good heart.
Contact my lawyer with this specified email contact

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