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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. Juliet Oliver Young" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 19:56:26 +0100

Warmly Greeting Dear Sir/Madam
I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner,  I am Mrs. Juliet
Oliver Young by name sending you this mail from my hospital bed, I got
your contact from the internet through a help of a nursing friend who help
me search the internet for a company or someone who will help me utilize
this wealth the way I am going to instruct you, I humbly ask you to give
me your attention and hear me out, Once again my name is Mrs. Juliet
Oliver Young from Sierra- Leone, I am married To Dr. Edward William-Uwen
Young who worked with Texaco Oil Company in Nigeria for a period of 17
years before he died.
We were married for 9 years without a child before he died after a brief
illness, Since his death I decided not to re-marry due to my religious
belief, When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$47. 5
Million Dollars (Forty Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United State
American Dollars) Presently this money is still with the Bank and the
management wrote me an email as the beneficiary to come forward to receive
the money or rather Issue a letter of authority to somebody to receive it
on my behalf, I am presently in a hospital where I have been undergoing
treatment for Cancer of the lungs, I have since lost my ability to talk
and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live so I
decided to use the money for charity purposes.
After having known my condition I decided to donate this money to an
organization or God fearing person that will utilize this money the way I
am going to instruct you, I want you to use this money for churches,
Charity organization, orphanages, widows and other people that are in
need, I took this decision because I don't have any child that will
inherit this money, Moreover my husband relatives are not close to me
since I develop a Cancer problem and it had been their wish to see me dead
in order to inherit his wealth since we have no Child, These people are
not worthy of this inheritance, This is why I am taking this decision.
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
ill-health, As soon as I receive your reply I will give you the contact of
the Bank in Ghana where this money is deposited, I will also issue a
letter of authorization to the bank that will prove you the present
beneficiary of this money, I also want you to always put me in prayer All
I hope is that you will not betray this trust and confident I am about to
impose on you.
Any delay in your reply may give me room to look for another good person
for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I
Best Regards
Mrs. Juliet Oliver Young

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