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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:

Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:57:31 +0100
Subject: Hopping to hearing from you soon.

Dearly Beloved.

I am very glad to write you this mail, my name is Mrs. Joyce Brown, I am
an Omani but have been living in West Coast GHANA for the past 40years
with my family. I am and my late husband is Gold merchant my husband
deposited money in a one of the bank here in West coast GHANA. I spend
all my life on investment and Real Estate business also. All the way I
lost my Husband (Mr. John Brown) and have no kid.

I have lived my life minding myself only, I don't know much and care
people. But last year 2015 around July, I was sent a letter of medical
checkup as my personal doctor testifies that I have lung cancer which
easily take off my life soon. I found it uneasy to survive myself
a lot of investment cannot be run and manage by me again. So I quickly
call up a prophet TB joshua my spiritual adviser to give me positive
thinking on this solution
as my adviser. He minister to me to give out this fund
to a person that will help the less privilege around the global also the
people that have HIV God to forgive me.

Contact me for more directives, and if you can still help me to
distribute money to orphanages homes in (ZIMBABWE/SRI LANKA) as you
receive this
fund Which is (US$3.300,000.00) I will be giving you more information to
you as I await your
response immediately through this email address:

Hopping to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,
Mrs. Joyce brown.

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