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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: Marina Bagni <>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2020 09:16:04 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Greetings Dear Friend,

Greetings Dear Friend,
 This is the second times I am sending the same message to you, hoping you will receive it in good faith, as I urgently need your assistance in this humanitarian investment project to be establish in your country, for the support and mutual benefit of the orphans, gives justice and help to the poor, needy, elderly ones, disables and to promote the words of God and the effort that the house of God will be maintained says The Lord, as I have been touched by God to donate from what I have because it will be a great loss in spending the fund on my health treatment hence my doctor has confirmed to me that I will not survive this illness. My name is Mrs. Marina Bagni Daniels, I am a widow diagnosed with brain tumor disease which has gotten to a very bad stage which has gotten to a very bad stage and presently I am partially suffering from a stroke illness which has become almost impossible for me to move around. I was married to my late husband for many years before he died, unfortunately we don't have any children of our own non any relation, I grew up from the orphanage home before i got married, my doctor confided to me that I have less chance to live as a result of my illness. My late husband and I made a substantial deposit with the Bank, Having known my present health condition I have decided to hand over and entrust the sum of (Nine Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) in our joint account to you to Invest into a charitable project in your country/position. Based on my present health status I am permanently indisposed to handle finances or any financial related project following my diagnoses. 
This is the reason I contacted you for your support and help to stand as my rightful beneficiary and claim the money for humanitarian purposes for the mutual benefits of the less privileged ones. Because If the money remains unclaimed with the bank after my death, those greedy bank executives will place the money as an unclaimed Fund and share it for their selfish and worthless ventures. However I needs your sincerity and ability to carry out this transaction and fulfill my final wish in implementing the charitable investment project in your country as it requires absolute trust and devotion without any failure and It will be my pleasure to compensate you with part of the money as my Investment Manager/Partner for your effort in handling the transaction, while the remaining amount of the money will be invested into the charity project there in your country. Please I am waiting for your prompt response if only you are interested I will give you further details of the transaction. Meanwhile always check your email as I have only a few days to leave on this earth. Your early response will be appreciated.
May God bless you with peace and goodness.Sincerely Mrs. Marina Bagni Daniels.

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