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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: Lee Chian <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:55:20 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello My Beloved One.

Hello My Beloved One.
I greet you with the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is true that this letter may come to you as a surprise. Nevertheless, I humbly ask you to give me your attention and hear me well. My name is Mrs Lee Chian from CANADA. I am married to Mr Wong Chian who worked with Canadian Embassy in Cote d'Ivoire for a period of 16 years before he died.

We were married for 25 years without having a child before he died after a brief illness. Since the death of my husband, I decided not to remarry due to my religious belief. When my late husband was alive, he deposited the sum of Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United State of American dollars (US$ 10.500,000.00) with a bank in Cote d'Ivoire. Presently this money is still in the custody of the bank in Cote d'Ivoire. Recently, my Doctor told me that I have only two months to live due to cancer illness.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this money to Churches, Charity organization or good person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.

Before I contacted you, I prayed to God to direct me to the right person who will do the best to fulfill my last wishes. I would be glad if you are ready to fulfill my last wishes. Please I want you to use this money only to support churches, charities, orphanages, children in need of help, people affected by natural and other disasters in need of help. This is the only obligations that are related to my desire to distribute these funds and I want you to handle this project properly. l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money. Moreover, my husband relatives are not close to me since I developed a cancer problem and it had been their wish to see me dead in order to inherit his wealth because we have no Child. These people are not worthy of this inheritance. This is why I am taking this decision.

I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my ill-health. As soon as I receive your reply, I will contact the bank for more details on how to transfer the money to your account. I want you to always pray for me.

Any delay in your reply may give me room to look for another good person for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.

Thank you and stay blessed.
Your sister in the Lord,
Mrs Lee Chian

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