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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: "Sarh k" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 14:02:46 -0700
Subject: Urgent reply needed

My name is Mrs Sarah Kin. I am a dying woman who has decided to
donate what I have to charity through you.

You may be wondering why I chose you, since I don't know you and we
have never met before. But the truth is that "someone has to be
chosen". Let it be known to you that I am a little bit apprehensive,
but I have the understanding that friends are discovered and friends
are made. I have come to accept the fact that I cannot achieve success
in this Project without trusting someone. This brings us to the need
for both of us to have absolute trust and believe in one another as we
can only fail if we divide in interests. Let trust and Honesty be our
watchword throughout this Project.

Though, this medium (the Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose
to reach you through it because, it still remains the fastest, surest
and most secured medium of communication. However, this correspondence
is purely private & confidential, and it should be treated as such. I
wish to inform you once again that this Project is absolutely
legitimate and all the operations will be performed without the breach
of any international law(s).

I am 56 years old and was diagnosed of cancer about 2 years ago
immediately after the death of my husband who had left me everything
he had worked for. I have been touched by the LORD to donate from what
I have inherited from my late husband to charity through you for the
good work of humanity, rather than allow my greedy relatives to use my
late husband's hard earned funds inappropriately.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared
for anyone. Though I married a very rich man, I was never generous, I
was always hostile to people and only focused on myself as that was
the only thing I cared for since I don't have any child. But now, I
regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just
wanting to have all the money in the world. I have asked the lord to
forgive me all my sins and I believe he has, because He is merciful. I
will be going in for an operation very soon, and I pray that I survive
the operation.

I believe that if I have a second chance to come to this world again,
I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now
that I may not live longer, I want mercy to be shown on my soul, so I
have decided to give alms to the poor & charity organizations and to
help the motherless children & orphans, the less privileged, and also
for the assistance of widows, as I want this to be one of the last
good deeds I do on earth before I pass on. Now that my health has
deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked
members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the
money which I have there to charity organizations in Indian, Sudan,
Bulgaria and Pakistan; but they refused and kept the money to
themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be
contented with what I have left for them.

I have decided to Donate & give the sum of US$10.5 Million (Ten
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to charity
through you. Presently, I have informed my lawyer about my decision in
WILLING this fund to charity through any God-fearing and reliable
person. 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. If you are interested in carrying out this task, I
will inform my Lawyer so that he can arrange for the release of the
funds to you. I know I have never met you before but my mind tells me
to do this, and I hope you act sincerely. Now my questions are:-

1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission?

At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls, because I have a
throat infection and have been restricted by my doctors who has
advised that I deserve all the rest I can get as I am now too weak and
fragile to do things myself because of my health condition.

I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the
task at hand is accomplished, as I don't want anything that will
Jeopardize my last wish, due to the fact that I do not want my
relatives or family members standing in the way of my last wish. Send
your urgent response to my private email address at:

With Love & Personal Regards,

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