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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.Belinda Becker" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Belinda Becker" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:22:10 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good Day To You.

 Good Day To You.
I am glad to know you, but God knows you better and he knows why he directed me to you at this point in time so do not be afraid. I am writing this mail to you with heavy sorrow in my heart, My Name is Mrs.Belinda Becker,I want to tell you this because I don’t have any other option than to contact you after going through your profile as i was touched to open up to you. I am married to Mr. Donatus Becker who worked with Embassy in Gabon  for nine years before he died in 2003. We married for 15yrs without a child before my husband died after a brief illness that lasted for only five days. Since his death I decided not to marry again, when my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$20m in a bank, presently this money is still in the bank.
He made the money available for exportation of Gold from Ghana  mining before he was late. Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the period of seven months due to cancer problem.Whoever that wants to serve God must serve him in spirit and truth because he is our Almighty God.
The particular problem that disturbs me most is my cancer sickness. Having known my condition I decided to hand the funds over to you for the fulfillment of my late husband, to take care of the less-privileged people in the society.
You will utilize the money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to take 35% of the total funds for your assistance while 64% will go to charity organization in the society for helping the less privilege while 1% is for expenses if there will be on the processing of transferring the funds to your account.
I don't have any child that will inherit the funds and my husband relatives are not good, not even good at all because they are responsible for the death of my late husband in other to have all my late husband properties. I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by those that implicated for his death. I am doing this to see that our God’s name is maintained.
I have discussed with the head department of the bank and he told me that they are ready to program the fund through Ktt wire transfer, Atm Debit Card or online banking and release the funds to you once the bank approved the funds issued to you from the bank, considering the condition of my health and also the best and safer way to conclude the release of the funds to you successfully.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank to contact them for the release of the funds to you as my appointed beneficiary. The release of this funds will only last for five banking working days the transfer is over.
Mrs. Belinda Becker.

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