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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: Elizabeth Praise <>
Reply-To: Elizabeth Praise <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:45:36 +0200 (CEST)

Dearest Friend,

Greetings in the name of God, Please let this not sound strange to you for
my only surviving lawyer who would have done this died early last year.

I prayed and got your email address from your country guestbook. I am Mrs.
Elizabeth Praise from AUSTRALIA, I am 58 years old, I am suffering from a long
time cancer of the lungs which also affected my brain, from all indication
my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that,
according to my doctors they have advised me that I may not live for the
next six months, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad
stage. I was brought up from a motherless babies home and was married to
my late husband for twenty years without a child, my husband died in a
fatal motor accident, before his death we were true believers. Since his
death I decided not to re-marry, I sold all my inherited belongings and
deposited all the sum of Ten Million US Dollars with a BANK in Europe.

Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me
as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so
long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it
on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get
it confiscated. Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital here in Australia
where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs.

My doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my
last wish to see that this money is invested to any organization of your
choice and distributed each year among the charity organization, the poor
and the motherless babies home. I want you as God fearing person, to also
use this money to fund church, mosque, orphanages and widows, I took this
decision, before I rest in peace because my time will soon be up. As soon
as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the BANK.
I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new
beneficiary of my fund.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.
Hoping to hear from you soon. you can respond to my private e-mail at .

Waiting for your reply


Mrs. Elizabeth Praise

Vsetko o autach, vsetko pre motoristov -

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