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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: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:51:07 +0100

Hello dear,
My name is Mrs. Jamison Lola Mildred from Colorado, USA married to Engr. Cletus Mildred, a German citizen who worked with Saga Petroleum LLC, Denver, Colorado USA for twenty years. My husband died in the AF4590 Concorde Plane Crash in July 2000. You can read more about the plan crash through this link
Since after the death of my husband, I decided not to remarry and presently am 79 years old. Meanwhile, when my husband was alive we deposited the sum of US$2.8 Million Dollars at Progress Bank, Russia. Presently the funds are still with the bank and the management of the bank have contacted me 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.
I have a deadly disease on my Lungs called 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 Switzerland 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 i want you to help me receive this US$2.8 Million Dollars from Progress Bank, Russia and distribute it to any Charity Organization in USA America. 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 Certificate of Deposit, 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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