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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. Zanna Madiga" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Zanna Madiga" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:19:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Querido Filho de Deus,

Greeting in the name of Almighty God The Most Beneficent The Most Merciful

don’t be surprise by receiving my message, i am currently sending you
this mail from my sick bed in the hospital despite my critical condition
But don't worry, All i hope is that you will not betray this trust and
confident that I am about to repose on you. I have to thank God this
moment for his direction as regards this mission,

I am Mrs. Zanna
Madiga from Greece I am married to Late Mr. Madiga Habib who is a
wealthy business man here in Athens Greece we were married for many
years with out a child before he died after a brief illness

his sudden death we where devoted christian When my late husband was
alive he deposited the sum of three Million Euro (€  in one
of the prime bank here in Greece Presently this money is still with the
Bank,and i am very sick from Kidney cancer that i may not last till the
next two months according to my doctor so i decided to donate this
money to a honest individual who will use it to work for God, orphans,
widow and maintenance of Church to fulfill the vow i and my late husband
made to God,and i have choosen you after praying,

I want this
money to be use as i have said since i do not have any child to inherit
it and our relatives are all unbelivers and i don't want our hard earn
money to be use in ungodly way you will take 15% of this fund and use
85% as i stated,the reason for taking this bold decision.

I know
that after death I will be with God the most holy and the most merciful
as soon as i read from you i will give you more details on how to
achieve it,i need your urgent reply as i dont know what tomorrow will

Your Sister in Lord

Mrs. Zanna Madiga.

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