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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: Mother Christina Dennis <>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2020 21:30:15 +0000 (UTC)

I am Mother Christina Dennis 91 Years old woman and the wife of Late Thompson,70, American who died in a Plane crash on Monday the 7th of September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they were flying from New York to Geneva. Please see site below.

After the death of my husband I became the Head of his investment but before the death of my husband we had a plan to use the last days of our lives to donate half of what we have worked for to the less privilege and charity homes and the other half for ourselves, family members and close friends, and it is so unfortunate that my husband is not alive today to do this with me and I am very weak and old now, hence I have decided to do this philanthropic work on behalf of my late husband and I.

Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charity homes and to some of the less privilege in different countries. Despite the agreement between my late husband and I to give aid to the deprived, we also agreed to render support to an individual we have not meet before in life due to the fact when we were still young in life we receive an anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not being able to know till date, the impact we got from such gesture made us to do same.

With help of my lawyer I deposited sum of $18 million to Citi bank Georgia and I plead on you to use $8 million only to support the less privilege in any part of the world and use the rest $10 million your yourself but remember that I have paid for ownership certificate and Clearance Certificate Fee the only money you need to send to the bank is TAX clearance stamp fee .

Contact,Mr. Raja J. Akram,
Accounting Officer & Controller; Citigroup Inc,
2859 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA
Phone: (347) 868-1577

Reconfirm your address to the ban, and how you which to receive the funds, bank transfer or ATM card payment?

Your Home address:...................
Direct telephone number: .........................
Copy of your ID card:...................

Yours Faithfully,
Mother Christina Dennis .

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