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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.Norhana <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:50:26 +0100
Subject: ***Re:Message From Mrs. Norhana***

My dearest in the Lord
With due respect and Humanity, I was compelled to write to you under a humanitarian ground after much prayers and consideration and it is my spiritual understanding that I can count on you on this matter, reasons I contacted you.
I am Mrs. Norhana BT Javier , a native of Malaysia nationality. I am married to Mr.Eduardo Javier from Venezuela, He is the director of O.N.A Industries Venezuela. We were married for 24 years without a child. He died after a Cardiac Arteries Operation. And Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next six months due to my cancer problem (cancer of the lever and stroke).
Before my husband died last year there is the sum of GBP()9.6 Million Pounds that he deposited with a bank in UK. Presently this money is still with the bank. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to any good God fearing brother or sister that will utilize this fund the way I am going to instruct herein.
I want somebody that will use this Fund according to the desire of my late husband. To help the less privileged people, Orphanages, and widows. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this fund, and I don't want in away where this money will be used in an ungodly way.
This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this Fund after my prayers and because of the pains I am going through right now. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers because of my upcoming Cancer Surgery whicn may be next week.I am presently in a hospital in Hong Kong and this matter to be over soonext.
Therefore if you are ready to carry on this project after reading this message carefully, Then kindly provide me your details such as your direct telephone number, your ID or International Passport and your home address to enbale me introduce you to the bank because I have no much time left before going for the final Surgery.
Thanks and may God bless you and your family as you carry on this project.PLEASE WRITE ME THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL AS FOLLOWS:
I am waiting.
Best Regards,
Mrs. Norhana BT Javier

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