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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. Jamison Lola Mildred" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 01:52:09 +0100

Hello dear,
My name is Mrs. Jamison Lola Mildred. I am from Colorado, USA. Although I don't know you before, I got your email address from and my confidence reposed on you. I hope you read this message carefully and reply me immediately. As you read through my message, I do not want you to feel pity or sorry for me, for I believe someday, somehow, we will all surely die, this is about mine, and a last wish.
My dear, I am the wife of Mr. Cletus Mildred, a South African citizen who worked with South African embassy in USA for 5years and worked with Bidvest Group South Africa for 16years before he died in the year 2000 at the age of 71years. We are married without any children.
Currently, I am 80 years old and I have been diagnosed of Cancer of the Larynx and it is terminal, medical science cannot do anything for me at this stage, however I prefer to pass on at this stage since I am bed ridden and in constant pain. From my doctor indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that my death is very close to me as I can see my life quickly ebbing away. The stage is worst more than two weeks now which affected my ability to talk. I have been hospitalized in Pretoria South Africa and cannot go home since i don't have anyone to care for me. Due to my poor health condition and based on doctors report, am scared that my life is almost at the end.
My dear the reason I am contacting you is because when my late husband was alive, we deposited the sum of US$2.8 Million Dollars with Progress Bank, Russia. Presently the funds are still with the bank and the management wrote me as the next beneficiary to my late husband to apply and receive the fund or have the account confiscated but due to my health condition and life status at this time, am unable to claim the money as I see no need for it, but I can authorize someone else I trust to receive the fund.
Please, i want you to help me receive this money from Progress Bank, Russia and distribute it to any Charity Organization in America OR in Europe for the happiness of my late husband and me, when my spirit shall go to rest. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money.
Are you willing to help me? Please Contact me on my private email address :( )
As soon as I receive your reply, I will send you the Deposit Certificate, I will show you the money  and inform you how you will receive the fund from Progress Bank, Russia. I want you and the organization to always pray for me. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth.
Please always be prayerful all through your life.
I am waiting for your reply.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Jamison Lola Mildred.

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