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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: Grace Vaudey <>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:54:29 +0100
Subject: Dearest..Please read my letter and get back to me


My quest to locate a responsible person to bring my dreams to a reality,
hence l took this bold step to contact you through this medium and I would
not like you to take an offense that l am bothering you since you do not
know me neither have we met before.I am Mrs.Grace Vaudey from Canada,
wife to the late Anthony C. Vaudey, I have no family, no kids,
I lost my husband and my only two kids in a motor accident five years ago
it's so sad for me right now, I am very ill with cancer and my doctors
says I have a short time to live, I have decided to give my wealth to an
honest person that will use it to do charity work.I have been suffering
from cancer for years now and just recently, my doctor diagnosed me and
told me that I will not live more than next three months. Having known
this, I have to sell all my properties which amounted about $7.5million
which have been deposited with a Bank here in Canada.

I have decided to donate this fund to charity, orphanage or an individual
that will utilize this money in a godly way. I want an individual that
will use this fund for charity, orphanages and widows etc. I took this
decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this fund. As I
do not want a situation whereby this money will be used in an ungodly
manner, Hence the reasons of taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of
death because l have lived a fulfilled life. As it is right now, I don't
need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health
condition and will want our dealing to be on email conversation. I will
give you all the details and directives on how to claim the fund as soon
as I receive your reply on this my private email

N.B: Please note that any delay in your reply will give me room to
sourcing for another person.

Best regards,
Mrs.Grace Vaudey

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