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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: "promo" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:41:31 +0200
Subject: Re: For Philanthropic Gesture

Hello Dearest,
Good day,

Compliment of the day to you, May God be with you.

I crave your indulgence for the unsolicited nature of this e-mail, but this is still the only means which I can reach you, so Please don’t be offended, I got your email address while in search of a trustworthy and reliable source who can help in the distribution of my USD$1,200,000.00 with a bank in the states.

I am Susan Mendel from Phoenix Arizona, 82 yrs of age, a Widow with No Child from my late husband who died 3 Yrs Ago, Am suffering from a Long time breast cancer that affected my Lung/liver. As doctors confirmed that I've less than 3-4 months to live.

I have already WILLED some of my funds here in Phoenix Arizona to the Churches and less privileged, but my remaining Balance of US$1, 200,000.00 in my fixed deposit account with a bank in the states to you for benevolence Works of God Especially for Cancer patients, Orphanages home where I was raised & remaining for yourself. Reach me now on Email: or my personal attorney Dennis G. Rodwell on email and for full details on how to receive the funds for Philanthropic gesture.

I will sign and notarize the WILL immediately you agreed to help carry out my last wishes, so do not be afraid.

Kindly keep me updated as you proceed with him as I have a very short time to live on earth.

Yours Sister in the Lord,
Sister. Susan Mendel

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