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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: "FUDICIARY LEGAL WILL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:13:03 -0600

Attenton: Beloved,
Dear Sir/Madam,
Good day and  may the Peace of the lord be with you,  My apology  for sending you this information via e-mail instead of a Certified/Post-mail. I got your contact through a personal search via the internet and I decided to contact you due to the urgency and importancy.  My name is Mrs. Jennifer.S.Arnold a dying woman of  58 years old. I was diagnosed for cancer for about 9 years ago. I humbly crave your indulgence to read this e-mail with all seriousness because this project is based on trust, confidence and Sincerity of purpose in order to have an acceptable meeting of like minds. There is absolutely going to be some little doubts in your heart in respect of this email, coupled with the fact that so many individuals have taken possession of the Internet to facilitate their nefarious deeds, thereby making it extremely difficult for genuine and legitimate business class persons or individual to get attention and reco gnition. 
I dont know you but  I have been touched by God and by my instinct 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 my families to close one of my accounts and donate the money  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. This set of facts is my reason for writing and making the following proposal to you. I must let you know that this transaction is 100%  risk free and you are enttile to 30% benefit for accepting this offer.
The nature of your business does not necessary 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 have notified my lawyer that I have adjusted my WILL to you, he will arrange the transfer of the WILLED fund ($5,500,000.00 Million US Dollars ) from my account to yours. 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.
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 and  Please pray that the good Lord forgive me my sins as I will be going in for an operation few days from now. 
Contact my lawyer with this specified email contact
Barrister :  Eqs DEN BRIN

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