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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: Grace Emmanuella <>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:40:00 +0000
Subject: RE,My Dear ONE,

My Dear ONE,

First I must solicit your confidence in this transaction and I am sending you this message because I can make a lot of difference in this life. hence I believe you can make a lot of difference if we talk, become good friends in the Lord, and see that with greater power, becomes greater responsibility. You can make a change in the life of others, most especially the poor hearted, and the less privileged I believe you can do this. I think I would start all with a proper introduction of myself.

I am Mrs. Grace Emmanuella and a widow to late Mr. Benjamin Michael Emmanuella. I am 59 years old of age, suffering from long time cancer of the bone marrow, (blood). From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than two months after my next surgery, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage and my personal physician told me that I may not live for more than a month and I am so scared about it. I have no child of mine, even though I wish I had it, is late now you know, since I cannot get married again, and age is no longer on my side.

So, I now decide to divide part of my wealth, by contributing to the development of the motherless babies homes, needy, poor, charity homes and widows too. am willing to donate the some amount, which is still the major inheritance I have left. I wish you could be someone who I could trust with all my heart, to make this wish of mine come true. Please note that, this fund is Deposited with a reputable bank here in London of great Britain, United kingdom. I need you to use the funds to help the poor, I know this is hard, and it take a very strong heart to get this done. but you should keep this saying in your heart. I will offer you 30% percent of the total funds for assisting me over this divine project since my health condition could not permit me to do it by my self.

All I need from you is a confidential assurance that the funds when received by you will be used for the said purpose as I instructed therein, Nowadays there are so much scams going on in the Internet and it is difficult to trust but I don't know why the Almighty God approved me to email you about this. Meanwhile, Please contact immediately through my this my private email address: ( and let me know your willingness to hand this project because any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another person or an organization for this same purpose. I wait for your prompt response ASAP. Thanks and remain blessed in God's hand.

Waiting for your reply on this email: (

Yours sincerely in Christ and always
Mrs. Grace Emmanuella.

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