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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.Emilly Olivier Jackman"<>
Date: 04 May 2017 01:12:42 +0800

I am Mrs.Emilly Olivier Jackman from the United Kingdom,I am 58 years old,I am suffering from a long time cancer of the lungs which also affected my brain. From all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that i may not live for the next four months,this is because the cancer has gotten to a very bad stage.
I was married to my late husband for twenty years with only a child who died alongside with my husband in a Plane crash on Monday the 7th of September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they were flying from New York to Geneva.
Please see site below for more information.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry and I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of US$100,000,000.00 dollars with a Bank on arrangement with specific instruction. I will give you more and further details when I receive your positive reply.  My doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live.It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organization of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization,the poor and the motherless babies home.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank.I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of my fund to be able to receive the fund, take your own share for your assistance and make donations of the rest to among the charity organization,the poor and the motherless babies home.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.Hoping
to hear from you soon.Email:(      with  your full names, country and direct/cell number.
Yours Faithfully
Mrs.Emilly Olivier Jackman

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