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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. L" <>
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:10:45 +0200
Subject: It is a pleasure to write you

From Mrs. Linah Mohohlo
The Former Governor of
the Bank of Botswana.
My Dearest in Christ,
Firstly I would like to introduce myself; my name is Mrs. Linah Mohohlo fr=
om Botswana. I am the former governor of the Bank of Botswana you can view =
the profile on the panel members at (
elmember/linah-mohohlo/) and read about me. Please I know this may come to=
you as a surprise,because you did not know me. I sincerely need your assis=
tance discretely because of my high business associations, which is the rea=
son why I write to you on a
personal level and through divine direction. It is my desire to have a genu=
inely personal relationship with you. I deposited the sum of USD$10.5M (Ten=
Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S..Dollars) with Finance/bank presently.Th=
ese funds emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which I execute=
d with the Bank of Botswana. Though I am the person who approved this contr=
act but I honestly never knew at the time that it had been over invoiced. p=
resently this money is still with the bank here in
South Africa.
I suffer from cancer and recently my Doctor informed me that due to my poo=
r health condition I would not be able to stay alive past the next three mo=
nths due to the cancer. None the less what disturbs me mostly is the stroke=
I suffered. Having known my condition I decided to donate these funds to a=
church or better still a Christian individual that will utilize this money=
the way I am going to instruct here in. I want an individual person or chu=
rch organization that will use the funds for churches,
orphanages, research centers and widows propagating the word of God and to =
ensure that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand=
that blessed is the hand that gives, I took this decision because I have a=
child that will inherit this money but my son cannot carry out this work a=
lone. I therefore decided to use some of the money to work for God and live=
some for my son to have a better future.
My only son is only just 15 year old now and having to grow up without a f=
ather he has a low maturity, hence the reason for me taking this bold decis=
ion to ask for your assistance. I am not afraid of death hence I know that =
I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lo=
rd will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I would like you to unders=
tand that me contacting you is a divine direction from God; As soon as I re=
ceive your reply I shall give you the contact information of the Finance/ba=
nk. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or C=
hristian individual for this same purpose.Please assure me that you will ac=
t accordingly as I stated here and please I will like you to contact me imm=
ediately you receive this mail so that I will instruct the Finance/bank to =
transfer this fund into your account.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Mrs. Linah Mohohlo and only Son Favor.
God=2019s favor is sufficient for me.

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