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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: "Shilvock Dora" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:59:27 -0800

Dear Beloved,
My name is Shilvock Dora, I am 59 Years old I am from Texas USA. Last year I experienced restlessness and sleepless nights so my Doctor in New York sent me on a general Medical Checkup at the Methodist hospital and I was finally diagnosed to have cancer of the Lungs.
My late husbands brother wanted me dead so that he will inherit all my wealth and that of my late Husband suffered to build because we don't have a child. As a Christian I rather donate my money to the less privilege, orphanage homes and the Church than allow wicked people to take all when I die. I like impacting positively on the welfare of the less privileged, destitute, the orphans and perhaps, the elderly requires a great deal of sincerity, love and care  and most importantly fear of God, as well as to a very large extent, patient on the part of the particular individuals behind the initiative. Charity organization.
Also known as non-governmental organization is inadvertently, a very important result-oriented platform through which the desired and sustainable turning around of the lives of the needy in the society can be guaranteed. To a very large extent, it is a realistic instrument designed with the aim of rendering certain free services in the area of education, financial assistance and medical services for different categories of such individuals so as to give them a sense of belonging
Lately I discovered that my late husbands relation know about the deposited money and they are happy that I will soon die so that they can take the money for their own selfish interest , On this note I decided to give this claim information to you before I pass on to glory.
I will furnish you with all the details that will assist you in claiming the Funds deposited with the security Company. We deposited the total of US$5,600.000.00 (Five million Six Hundred Thousand united states dollars) in cash  with the security company in USA.As soon as you accept my offer I will direct you to my family Lawyer here in New York, who will assist you for  the money transfer processes into your bank account without any delay .
I need assurance from you that even when I die, you will not use the money wrongly and will do your best to have this fund transfer to you from the bank in USA. I will die happily if I know you will use my funds in a manner pleasing to humanity and God when you receive the fund. I have to rest now due to my unusual weakness. Please pray for me and respond urgently to my message so that I can be able to conclude the inheritance Hand over Authorization before I die.
I anxiously await your response my dear. Please Kindly reply to my private email address: and send your details,
Best Regards,
Shilvock Dora

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