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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 Andrianna Kucharski<>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:05:05 +0100
Subject: Please Kindly Consider My Plea


Greetings in the name of God, pls let this not sound strange to you as my only surviving lawyer who would have done this for me died early this year. I prayed and got your contact from the internet and decided to contact you.

I am Mrs. Andrianna Kucharski, I am 56 years old,I am deaf and suffering from a long time cancer of the breast which also affected my brain,from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that the end might just be near, according to my doctors they have advised me that I may not live for long, this is because the cancer has gotten to a very bad stage. I was brought up from a motherless babies home was married to my late husband for 25 years without a child, he died in a fatal motor accident. Before his death we were true Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry, I sold all my inherited belongings to the sum of USD$14.5M, stashed them in two metal boxes which was shipped and deposited in a storage facility in the United States.

Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me as the true owner to come forward to receive the boxes or rather authorize a beneficiary to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they will get it confisticated. Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment.

I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It's my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organization of your choice and distributed each year among charity organizations, the poor and the motherless babies homes. My wish is for you to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows.

This are my wish before I rest in peace because my time will soon be up. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the storage facility. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will present you as the new beneficiary. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hearing from you soon. Please send your reply to this email address:

Waiting for our reply
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Andrianna Kucharski

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