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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: "Cynthia Jorgensen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 14:46:54 -0700
Subject: Dearest One


Please excuse this humble email if it offends your sensibilities, but I have no other means to contact you. I cannot talk on the telephone, so I did a search for your email address, which I found on the international directorate email data search.

My name is Cynthia Jorgensen 69 year’s old woman, A Christian widow who is dying of esophageal cancer. Recently, My Doctor told me I don’t have much time to live. This message is a very unusual one but bearing in mind my limitations I decided to contact you. Having accepted my condition I decided to entrust some funds I have (US$ 18.5 Million) deposited with a Security Company in Nigeria because we spent our lifetime there and he worked there all his life with an oil company (Chevron Petroleum Plc.). My husband died in a fatal auto accident on his way to work on a broad day light.Before his death we were true Christians.Since his death I decided not to re-marry,

20% of the money is allocated to you, to ensure that you are prepared for the task; the balance 80% of this money will be used by you in all sincerity to fund philanthropic organization and orphanages. I am taking this decision because I don't have any child or devoted relations whose behavior has left much to be desired, I was brought up from a motherless babies home, was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child. and above all I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner, hence my bold decision to contact you, a total stranger. Since my health is regressing by the minute, you will have to tell me a little about yourself. With the information, I will make arrangement to prepare the Authorization through an Attorney for you to get possession of the Deposit. My personal Reference Number is Law/WILL/ 9834520012.

Until I hear from you, I pray that this letter bring you and your family good tidings.
God be with you

Cynthia Jorgensen

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