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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: "Mrs. Nadine Adams" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:00:57 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Charity organizations US$5.6M

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. Nadine Adams from Germany, I am a widow to Late Dr. Johan Adams and I am 59 years old suffering from a long time cancer of the breast which also have affected my brain from all indication my condition is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I might not live more than two (2) months, according to my Doctors because the cancer has gotten to a very worst / dangerous stage.

My late husband and my only child died last five years ago, his death was politically motivated. My late husband was a very rich and wealthy business man who was running his Gold & Diamond Business here in South Africa. After his death, I inherited all his business and wealth, as my Doctors have told me that I may not live for more than two (2) months due to my cancer illness, I decided to donate US$5.6M (Five Million Six Hundred United State American Dollars) which my late husband deposited in one of the leading bank in South Africa to Cancer Research Organization or good person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.

I want you to use this money for Cancer Research, Charity organizations, orphanages, widows and to less privileged that are in need. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money. As soon as I receive your reply I will forward to you all the information’s you will use to get this fund released from the bank.

Please reply to me at my email address at ( )
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.

Thanks and Remain blessed
Yours Sister in The Lord,
Mrs. Nadine Adams.

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