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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: Cillian James <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:27:43 +0000



Please read this slowly and carefully, as it may be one of the most
important emails you ever get. I am Mrs. Cillian James. I was married to
Late James Miller from South Africa .The Director of Veekrol Link . Ltd, a
seasoned contractor in West African Region. He died on Monday, 31 July
2005 in Paris. We were married for seven years without a child.

After his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my
Matrimonial home. When my late husband was alive, he made it a
mandatory point to always make me aware of his investments which he
has in a security company, which is now wasting there.
My Doctor told me that I would not last long due to cancer problem.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this funds to better the
lives of the less privileged.
I need honest and trust worthy individual that will utilize
this money in accordance with my instruction. I want the funds to be
used in funding religious organizations, orphanages and less privileged
propagating the word of God.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit
this money and my husband relatives are very unkind to me and I don't
want my husbands hard earned money to be misused. I am not afraid of
death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the
bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my
course and I shall hold my peace. As soon as I receive your reply I shall
give you the contact of the Security company, and my Attorney also.
For legitimacy, he will also issue you a letter of authority that will
empower you as the original- beneficiary of this fund. I want you to
always pray for me, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing
for another individual for this same purpose. If you are not
interested, kindly pardon me for contacting you.


Yours sincerely,
Cillian James

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