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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.Donna Brown Kimberly" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Donna Brown Kimberly" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:02:31 +0000 (UTC)


From: Mrs.Donna Brown Kimberly

Calvary greetings to you. My name is Mrs. Donna Brown Kimberly l am yet to get an email from you based on my proposed project of Five Million, Five hundred Thousand Pounds(£5,500.000.00) with you. My Doctor has just notified me that my days are numbered and l may die soon and l have to make sure that this fund get across to you in good health, please do get back to me. I took this decision because I know that there are a lot of poor people suffering from different kind of diseases and nobody to come to their aid, With God all things are possible. And also to Help the Motherless and less privilege and also for the Assistance of the widows according to (JAMES 1:27).At the Moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my relatives are around me and my Health status. I have adjusted my WILL and my Executor is Aware I have changed my will, you and him will arrange the Transfer of the funds from the Private Finance Company to your humble self’s wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, and please use the funds well and Always extend the good work to others.

Contact my Executor(Barrister Levy Bishop)with your full names, Contact telephone/fax number and your full address and tell him that I have WILLED FiveMillion, Five hundred Thousand Pounds(£5,500.000.00) to you and I have also notified him that I am WILL-IN that amount to you for a specific and good work Thanks and God bless.

Name : Barrister Bishop Levy
Phone: +44702401895

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished as I don’t want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. And Also I will be contacting with you by email as I don’t want my relation or anybody to know because they are always around me. Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Donna brown Kimberly

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