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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 Edna Vincent <>
Reply-To: Mrs Edna Vincent <>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 07:12:15 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dearest Beloved In The Lord

 Dearest Beloved In The Lord,

I am Mrs Edna Vincent a widow,a wife to late Chief Lucien Vincent who was a government contractor and also an international businessman my late husband exported Cocoa from our country to many part of the world before he is a good pleasure contacting you for good, my spirit led me to write you this email.

I am writing you with heavy tears in my eyes and great sorrow in my heart because of the condition i find myself since after the death of my beloved husband, i am suffering from pancreatic cancer. My condition is really bad and it is quite obvious that i won't live more than Five months according to my doctor informed me due to my Complicated health issues.

I have some amount of money which i inherited from my late husband, this money was deposited in a bank by my late husband before he was admitted in the hospital and died three day of his illness, he called me and informed me that he deposited some amount of money with a bank for investment abroad.

But seeing my present health condition now i have decided to donate this money to God fearing person who will use it as I will instruct hence I am contacting you ,It is my desire to see that this fund is used to any charity organization of your choice in your country and to be distributed among the charity organizations,orphanage homes,churches, mosque,Schools, supporting destitute aged men and women or whatever you may have in mind that will be to the benefit of the less fortunate, in everything you will take 15% as compensation for your labor. Due to the maltreatment from my late husband brothers who wants to claim my late husband properties after they have succeeded to pushed me out of my late husband house this is why i took this decision so that the name of God Almighty will be glorify through this money.

I will be grateful for your total willingness to help me in this matter, please there is no time to waste in this regard, as time is just flying and I needed to have this money get to you immediately so that you will take adequate use of the money as i have mentioned above in your country since i am not sure of living longer.

1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust ?

Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.

I wait your response for more details.

Mrs Edna Vincent.

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