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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: Theresa Williams <>
Reply-To: Theresa Williams <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:39:41 +0900 (JST)


Actually we have never met before but looking at your profile is what gave me the confident and courage to contact you.

I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears in my eyes and great sorrow in my heart because my Doctor told me that I will die in three months time. I am Mrs. Theresa Williams from the People’s Republic of China, a widow to late Williams Dominic former owner of Petroleum & Gas Company here in Ivory Cost West Africa. I am 63 years old, suffering from long time Cancer of the breast. From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't live more than 3 months according to my doctors.

Based on this development I want to will my money which is deposited in a bank, that’s all I have left now, I have wholeheartedly decided to donate the entirety of this fund to any devoted Believer or Organization and to achieve this, I need an individual that will utilize this funds adherent for these Purposes. I am in search of a reliable person who will use the Money to build charity organization for the saints and the person will take 20% of the total sum. While 80% of the money will go to charity Organizations and helping the orphanages.

1: For the sick, less-privileged
2: For the Widows and the motherless babies
3: Orphanage or Charity Home

I grew up as an Orphan and i don't have anybody/family member to take care of my wealth. The total money in question is $2.3million dollars. I will provide you with other information's once you indicate your willingness. I want you to always put me in your daily prayer. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy and God feared woman.

Presently, I'm in a hospital here in Ivory Coast, where I have been undergoing treatment for this breast cancer. I want someone, who is God-fearing to use this money for the propagating the good news of God, orphanages and widows, I await your quick response to this mail as this is my last wish to see this funds transferred before my death. Write back as soon as possible, any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for another person for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.

Yours sincerely.
Mrs. Theresa Williams

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