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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: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 01:23:05 +0100
Subject: Re:Information

Dearly Beloved,

Please read this slowly and carefully, as it may be one of the most
important emails you ever get.I am Mrs. Michelle Richard, I was married to
Late Eric Richard.who worked with Shell Petroleum Development Company
London and was also a seasoned contractor in the Asian  Region.He
died on Monday,31 July, 2003 in Paris. We were married for seven years
without a child.

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I
Believe Everyone will die someday. I have been diagnosed with Esophagus
cancer and My Doctor told me that I would not last long due to my
complicated health issues.

I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to
give alms to charity organizations /churches/ Mosque motherless /
babies/less privileged/widows, as I want this to be one of the last good
deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity
organizations in the Syria,sudan, ukraine and Malaysia. Now that my health has
deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.

I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and
distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in
Bulgaria, Russia and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money
to themselves.Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be
contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no
one knows of is the huge cash deposit of Six million united state dollars
$6,000,000 that I have with a bank I will want you to dispatch it to charity
organizations if only you will be sincere.

I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
money, I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.I know that
I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. As soon as I receive your reply
I shall give you the contact of the Bank and issue you a letter of
authorization that will empower you as the original-beneficiary of this fund

I want you to always pray for me,Any delay in your reply will give me room
in sourcing for another individual for this same purpose.If you are not
interested,kindly pardon me for contacting you.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Michelle Richard
Please Reply me only to this my private email

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