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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: "Mrs.Maryram Ali" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:25:21 +0000
Subject: MY DEAR


My Name is MRS Maryram Ali, i have been doing God'S work for over 30yrs
dying woman who has decided to donate whaat I have to you/church. I am
59 years old and I was diagnosed for cancer for about 2 years ago
immediately after the death of my husband who has left me everything he
worked for and because the doctors told me I will not live longer than
some weeks because of my health i decided tao WILL/donate the sum of
$10Million dollars to you for the good work of humanity and also to help
the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the
widows.I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you
abundantly and please use the funds well and always extend the good work
to others. it is ver important you forward to me your information

your full name ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
contact addres,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
telephone numbers ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
your age ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
your occupation ,,,,,,,,,,,,,

to enable me issue you a LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION to you which you will
forward to the bank so that the fund will be transfer to your account
as soon as i hear from you i will give you the contact information of
the bank account officer,tell him that I have WILLED my
$10Million to you and I have also notified him. I know I don't know you
but I have
been directed to do this by God almight.Thanks and God bless

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until
the task is accomplished as i don't want anything that will jeopardize
last wish. My private E-mail box

Mrs.Maryram Ali

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