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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. Juliet Grace" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2020 15:20:12 +0200
Subject: Re: Re: Claim $2,800,000.00 USD

Greetings My Dear ,

I am very happy to come across your email today, and I hope and believe that you will not betray this trust I am giving to you since, I have never see or meet you all my life.

I am Mrs. Juliet Grace Morgan, a  75 years old American, widow to late Mr. Bill Morgan, I base in Africa because of love for Charity and Humanitaire work I was the chairman of Cotton Merchant farmers", based in the city of "Cotonou" the Republic of Benin in Africa until 2015 when I fail ill and move to hospital in France.

Before now, business  for making money was all I care since I have know child. I have been helping orphanage in Africa and recently, I saw on television the colossal loss of properties and lives in AUSTRALIA FIRE and JAPAN, INDONESIA, CHINA Coronvirus, INDIA, SYRIA and other Middle East countries along with the REFUGEE CRISIS across Europe which made me to contact you in other to claim my abandoned Two Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,800,00.00) with a bank in Republic of Benin.

Do to my Present condition in the hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for (Lucamia) Cancer here in France, I lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only few weeks to live so I decided to donate this money through you  to support these people since I cannot go there myself.

I am contacting you now, so that I can give you a power of attorney to claim, the funds to reach to the motherless and also less privileges, the sick that has nobody to take care of them, the poor, widows.

So If you can handle this project, in claiming these funds from the bank, kindly let me know as soon as possable with your full details including your national ID, for me to make the change of ownership to your name as to enable you claim the funds without delay.

Please, do all things possible to make my wish come through if you love humanity.

Reply me on my private email:

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Juliet Grace

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