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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 Jessica Micheal <>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:17:07 -0400

FROM MRS.Jessica Micheal OF NETHERLANDS, Thanks for your mail and appreciated your interest showing to my request, I do recognized the surprise this letter will bring to you, most especially as it comes from a stranger. I am Mrs. Jessica Micheal, i am 49 years widowed woman, I am married to Dr.Peter Franklin from Netherlands who worked with Canada Embassy in United Kingdom for Nine Years before he died in the Year 2009, We were married for Twenty good Years without a child, He died after a brief Illness that last for only four days. Before his death, we were both faithful born again christian and I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home. When my late Husband was alive he deposited the sum of Ten million,Four Hundred Thousand U. S. A Dollars (US$10.4) with Islamic Bank in United Kingdom, Presently this money is still with the above mentioned bank and the management just wrote me mas the beneficiary to come forward to receive the money or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if i can not come over, Again, Now i am in the hospital where i have been undergoing treatment for Cancer of the Lungs. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to any religion association/ institution or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want anybody that will use this fund for orphanages home, hospital, mosque,church, school and propagating the word of mighty God/Allah.I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money also i don't know any of my husband family or relatives that will claim this fund. I have since lost my ability to talk and my Doctors have told that i have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations, Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me collect the deposit and the interest accrued from the bank and distribute it accordingly. I want a person that has God/Allah fearing, That will use this money on church's, Orphanages and Widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because i don't have any child that will inherit this money, My happiness is that i lived a life of a faithful christian. whoever that wants to server the Allah must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for another person for this same purpose. Please if you can do this work with me in trust,honest and one mind, please send your information as listed below: FULL NAMES: RESIDENCE ADDRESS: CITY: STATE: COUNTRY: TEL/GSM: AGE: SEX: E-MAIL: I will forward your information to the Bank immediately before giving you their contact email address for you to contact them as well ok. immediately I receive the above listed information from your end. Please any delay in your reply will give me chance in sourcing another any individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply. Thanks Mrs.Jessica Micheal

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