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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: "A. Mark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:15:37 -0800
Subject: May the piece of our lord Jesus Christ be unto you!

Hi beneficiary,

May the piece of our lord Jesus Christ be unto you!

I am Reverend Sister Mariam A. Mark from St. Peter's Church,Melaka,Malaysia,
it's very pathetic that we lost Rev. Father Clement Sandy of St. Peter's
Late Rev.Clement Sandy is an American and also an orphan but nationalized
in St. Peter's Church,Melaka,Malaysia.

Late Rev.Father Clement Sandy died on 5th June 2016 and before he died, he
made a will and instructs me to contact you on your email when he died as
the next of kin of the fund as his spirit direct him.

I am glad to inform you that late Rev.Clement Sandy made you the
beneficiary of his will a sum of $2,500,000.00 through your e-mail
address, you might be wondering how late Rev.Father Clement Sandy made you
the beneficiary of his will.

Late Rev.Father Clement Sandy made a random sampling of many people's
e-mail addresses when he was sick by the help of Microsoft international
firm and among the people e-mail addresses, yours came out as a draw and
this is how late father Clement Sandy made you the beneficiary of his will
and instruct that you can only be informed when he pass on and memorial
service Completed.

Now for you to claim your fund forward the details below to me via this
email: so I can forward it to the Finance and
Securities,International Payment Center Kuala Lumpur for the release of
your funds.

Full name.
Contact address.
Private phone number.

Best regards & God bless you.

Reverend Sister Mariam A.Mark

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