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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:

Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:36:58 -0400

Dear Friend

Greetings in the name of God,please let this not sound strange to you for my only surviving lawyer who would have done this died early this year.I prayed and got your email id from your country guestbook. I am Mrs Janet Morrison from London,I am 72 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 two months,this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage.I am married to (Dr James Morrison) who worked with the Embassy of United Kingdom in South Africa for nine years,Before he died in 2004.

I was bred up from a motherless babies home and was married to my late husband for Thirty years without a child,my husband died in a fatal motor accident Before his death we were true believers.Since his death I decided not to re-marry,I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $6.5 Million dollars with Bank in South Africa.Though what disturbs me mostly is the cancer. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to church,i want you as God fearing person,to also use this money to fund church,orphanages and widows,I took this decision,before i rest in peace because my time will so on be up.

The Bible made us to understand that blessed are the hands that giveth. I took this decision because I don`t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband's relatives are not Christians and I don`t want my husband hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I don`t want a situation where these money will be used in an ungodly manner,hence the reason for taking this bold decision.I am not afraid of death hence i know where am going.Presently,I'm with my laptop in a hospital here in London where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs.

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.Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated.Hoping to hear from you soon.

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.


Mrs Janet Morrison

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