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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:

Reply-To: MARTHA TONI <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:47:04 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dearest,


Good day, may the blessings of God be upon you and grant you the wisdom and sympathy to understand my situation and how much I need your help. After going through your profile, l was convinced that you are reputable and a trust worthy person who can help me.

I am a widow Mrs. Martha Toni. Aging long-term sick (cancer). am currently admitted in a private hospital here in our country and i have a fund inherited from my late husband Mr. James who later died in a car accident.

When my husband was alive he deposited the sum of € 4.700.000.00 (Four million seven hundred thousand Euro) in a bank here, currently this money is still in the bank.

My doctor told me that i may not last for the next 2 months due to my cancer problem. I need someone very honest or an organization that can use these funds for charity organization since i don't have long life to live and no child to inherit the fund, My purposes is for charitable, such as building schools, houses of orphanages, hospitals etc.

I want you to send me the following information referred to below.

You’re full Name -----------------------
Your country -------------------------
Your address --------------------------
Your age ------------------------------
Your employment -----------------------
The telephone ------------------------

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank. And also issue and sign the Power of attorney certificate that will show the current beneficiary of these funds.

Hoping to receive your answer.

Mrs. Martha Toni.

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