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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: "WILLSON BEN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:56:28 -0500
Subject: May God Bless You abundantly. 18 /01 2019

My Beloved Friend,
Greeting to you and May God Bless You Abundantly.
I am in need of your assistance but I do not know how trustworthy you are; I want to make a donation to the poor and needy through you.  My name is MR. WILLSON BEN  and I am an American citizen but I live here in London.
Right now, I am in the hospital and I have been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. Please, do not consider this mail as one of those illegal/ fraudulent mails you receive on the internet but this is reality as a matter of fact.
I have since lost my ability to talk and my Doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live and I am very much worried about my health condition which is getting bad day by day. But I know that my redeemer liveth, he is a merciful God and he can decide to keep me longer than expected.
Before I became ill, I kept US$ 7.5 Million( Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand, United States Dollars) only in a long-term deposit account in a finance company in London which I wanted to invest into profit yielding business venture. Now that it has become obviously clear that I will not survive this cancer sickness, it is really unfortunate that I have to end my life so short.
However, I have decided that I must give my wealth to the poor and needy just for assistance. if you can be trusted, I will like to leave the funds under your care so that you can utilize it by taking care of those in dare need of help.
It will be a kind of donation/inheritance fund to you and please be assured that all legal court documents will be made available to you. Mostly, if you can among others, donate to motherless, widows, less privileged and hurricane victims, I will highly appreciate it.
I will continue to pray about it until I hear from you. Be rest assured that all legal documents relating     to the deposit of the funds will also be made available to you and there is absolutely no risk/problem of any kind involved as every necessary legal /authentic documents supporting the authenticity of the source of the funds will be processed and made available to you through the court of competent jurisdiction here in London.
Until I hear from you, may the Almighty God continue to bless you and give you the wisdom on how to utilize the funds when finally released to you.
Thank you most sincerely as I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.
Yours sincerely,

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