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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: "Sarah morris fund " <>
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 08:05:35 -0500
Subject: Sarah morris charity fund

My Name is Sarah Morris from California, USA. I am a former Director and In=
vestor with Addax Petroleum and i have meet you before at your company when=
i visited china JiangSu Chuangwei Industry and you gave me your email an=
d phone number Mobilephone: 86-15151135324

but I'm presently diagnosed with Leukemia (Cancer of the Blood), which ac=
cording to the medical team handling my case, I do not have a chance of sur=
viving this ailment.

However, I have decided to set up a Charitable Foundation, to create awaren=
ess about CANCER related disease, helping the disable and less privileged i=
n the society as a way of keeping a legacy not for myself, but for the worl=
d in general that after my demise I will be remembered for good.

Consequently, I Have set aside the sum of $7.3 million for setting up this =
memorial foundation and would love you to chair and head it in the capacity=
of handling and administering the day-to-day running of this foundation af=
ter my demise.the fund is at UBS Bank Zurich Switzerland the sum of $7.3 m=

I have meet you before at JiangSu Chuangwei Industry =



I wait to hear from you on my personal email

Warm regards,

Mrs Sarah Morris

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