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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: ChummyClub<>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:16:57 -0700 (MST)
Subject: marisa wants to add you as a friend on

Marisa wants to add you as a friend on
Click here to go to and then confirm the invitation.
Personal Message:
Dear beloved One, I am Madam Marisa Mayor from Philippines. I am married to Mr.Desmond Mayor from Philippines who worked with Philippines Embassy in Ghana for nine year before he died in the year 2006. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $10.5 Million with a Bank in Ghana. Presently this money is still in the custody of the Bank in Ghana. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem. Having known my condition,I want you to help me receive this fund in your account and use it the way I will instructed you to help the poor. Last time, I gave out some money to an Organization for the well being of the poor here and in other countries but I found out that they never used it for the purpose and this caused me so much pain in my heart. l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives brothers are not good at all because they are the one that killed my husband in other to have all my late husband properties and I don't want my husband's efforts to be used any how. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord.I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank in Ghana. I will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church or the organization to always pray for me because the lord is my Shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated here in. Hoping to receive your response immediately. Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.l remain yours sister in Christ. Please send me your full details information about you by e-mailing me.( ) Madam Marisa Mayor

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