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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: "Berty Voets" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:07:32 -0700

my name is Berty Voets. I'm a  51 years old woman from Saarbrucken Germany, suffering from cancer of the throat. From all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I can't work or do any stressful thing, according to my doctors they have advised me that I may not live for the next two months, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I was brought up in an orphanage home, and was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child.
My Husband Cheng Lee was Korean but he died in a fatal motor accident, before his death we were true Christians.  Since his death I decided not to re-marry, I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $8.3 million Pounds with a security company in the UK, the security company just wrote me and told me in the letter that they can have the funds released to any approved person authorized by me. Presently, i just got a laptop from the doctor here in the hospital in India where I have been undergoing treatment for my sickness. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have few weeks to live. It is my last wish to see at least 70% of this money donated/invested to any organization/business of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization, e.g. the poor homes, the orphanage home where I was raised.
Now What i seek is a responsible and honest person like you, who will carry out my last wishes and before I emailed you today I prayed and I got the confidence to send you this message. I took this decision, before I rest in peace because my time will soon be up. As soon as I receive your reply I will give you the contact of my attorney, who will assist you get this done and subsequent supervise you.
All i need from you is a confidential assurance that the funds when received by you will be used for the said purpose, Nowadays there are so much scams going on in the internet and it is difficult to trust but I donít know why my mind still approved me to message you about this, i have been constantly deceived by loved and trusted ones, now i do not have much time to live i believe i have nothing to lose.
Contact me immediately at ( ) if you believe you can handle this.
Berty Voets

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