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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: "Eng" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 10:04:25 -0700

Attn. Friend,

I have decided to contact you for the first and last time to seek for your association to get my only daughter saved and secure investment of forty million U.S ($ for you and my only daughter.

On this ground, you are expected to invite her to your country be her guidance, and ensure good education for her. She is Just 15 years old, a good Christian, and ready to adhere to instructions. She attended SOS infants, and Missionary Children's Academy all in Cape Verde Islands. By a way of brief introduction, I am Eng Mary Morrison, aged 44 years, I am a single mother I am from a wealthy home and the only child of my late parents. my late father was an oil merchant before he passed away. He served my country with diligence and humanity for fifteen years as an appointed chairman of Cape Verde national petroleum cooperation and finally went into politics as a presidential aspirant.

Four Days after the death of my father, I was arrested and placed under house arrest for no justice course or offence alleged on me. All these were to jeopardize my political ambition and visions by my opposition who is Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca. My contacting you is based on mutual trust after series of prayers. I managed to escape with my daughter and we are now in Nairobi-Kenya where am taking treatment in one of the village.

You are to claim the sum of forty million ($ U.S in one of the safe house in London. The fund is my life savings from both cooperate, inheritance and private life businesses. The only labor to this claim is to help my only daughter, Rita 15 years old have a safe and good future of Education. This criteria does not stop you from investing in other businesses of your choice. since you are worthy and can make a good guidance to my only daughter who is all i have got on earth right now. I am here on exile taking treatment and do not know my faith. Remember, the fund is only forty Million ($ Please, upon receiving your reply, i shall write the security Company and recommend you as my business associate, and they shall get the consignment release to you. For more clarification and faster movement of this fund contact me immediately via email. My safest means of communication is email always contact with this email:

Me and my daughter are here on exile. This business must be strictly confidential, and based on mutual trust. I am handing everything that belongs to me over to your care. The security company shall get you necessary cover documents for the consignment.

Yours faithfully.
Eng Mary Morrison.

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