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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: Mary Andrew <>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:43:36 +0000
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,

With your permission I want to present to you my sincere initiatives and proposals. In the spirit of faith, solidarity, humanity and common sense appeal to your wisdom and kindness as a human of this planet with the request friendship sustains me if you consider setting up a foundation for humanitarian work of God with USD$7.3 Million American United States dollars i inherited from my late husband who was an industrialist before his sudden death.

My name is Mary Andrew, I am 67 years old dying woman and childless, always cheerful with a desire to do good and give those who need help. The principles which i rely in life are faith, humanity, solidarity, respect and trust.

I decided to WILL/donate these funds to you because I have no child and my days are numbered according to my physician who always examines my health because i was diagnosed by serious lung and breast cancer and will be going for my third surgical operation in few days time, I want you to use these funds nationally and internationally to people without hope churches/ motherless babies/less privileged/and widows, against which we must not be careless.

I have notified the bank that I am WILLING those funds to you for good effective and prudent work of God. Therefore as soon you get back to me, I shall give you more information about this funds in the bank and Please always put me in your daily prayers so that God will grant more days to my leaving and confirm these funds into your hand. I am urgently waiting for your acceptance reply to my private email address at. ( )

Thanks and God bless you.

With best regards
Mary Andrew.
Reply email; ( )

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