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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: David Sarah <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 01:54:45 +0000
Subject: My Dearest in Christ,

My Dearest in Christ,

I am the above named person. I am married to Mr Richard David who before his death was a wealthy Cocoa Merchant here in Senegal Republic We were married for 12 years without a child. Before the death of my husband we were both born again Christians.

My Husband left the sum of US$5.5million United States Dollars in a fix/suspense account in one of the prime bank.Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last long due to cancer problem now. But the one that disturbs me most is my (H.B.P) high blood pressure sickness. Having known my condition I decided to seek for your kind assistance and gesture.

I have also decided to donate the fund to the Less Privileged, Orphans and Charity Organisation and also to support churches for the work of God.Please indicate your interest and willingness in this transaction by writing back to me through the above email address. I have agreed to offer you 20% of the total sum for your kind gesture and assistance.

I want your maximum cooperation and keep this as confidential for security reasons.

Please contact me through my private box:(

I am sincerely waiting for your kind and urgent response as soon as your receive this mail.
Thanks and God bless you.
Sincerely Yours,
Mrs.Sarah David

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