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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs.Grace Kader" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Grace Kader" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:17:23 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

Dear Sir/Madam

My quest to find a friend and a responsible partner to bring my dreams to
reality, where I took this bold step to contact you in this way and I do not want you to take an offense who am you mind because you do not know me we do not have not met before.

I Mrs.Grace Kader, I am married to Dr. Alan Kader who worked with Jordan
Embassy in Benin Republic for nine years before his death in 2005. We
were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief
illness that lasted for only four days.

Before his death we were both involved in charitable services. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home
which is against my principles.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $ 5.5 million (five
million five hundred thousand US dollars) in a bank Republic Benin.
Presently, this money is still invested in the bank in the Republic of

Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due
to my cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke
sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to
charity, orphanage or a person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want a person who will use these funds to
charity fund orphanages and widows and to ensure that all people are
well maintained.
I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit
this money and my husband relatives are from, and I do not want the hard earned money of my husband to be abused by them.

As I do not want a situation where this money will be used so ungodly,
where reasons for taking this bold decision. I'm not afraid of death
because the fulfilled lived a life. As it is right now, I do not need
any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and
because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I do not want them to know about this development; as soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank in the Republic of

I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the
original-beneficiary of the said fund. I want you to see the need for
the less privileged. My happiness is that I lived a fulfilled life and
have no regrets in life. Please note that any delay in your reply will
give me room in sourcing for another person as I said here on in.

Do get back at me at my private email address:
( ) for more details to proceed Hoping to
hear from you soon and will notify your interest to help me help the
charity ..
Mrs.Grace Kader

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