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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 rebbecca Paul <>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 11:58:31 +0000
Subject: Donations of charity work of god

My greetings to you and your family.

I am Mrs rebecca paul a widow to late Dr paul. I am contacting you
because I am dying. Recently, my doctor told me that I have some few
months to live due to the surgery that was conducted.

Though what disturbs is my present predicament due to the damaged of
my spinal cords in the accident. Having known my condition, I have
decided to Will/Donate the sum of ($2,500,000.00 ) to charity and
individual for the good work of God, and to help the motherless, less
privileged and also for the assistance of the widows, Because I am the
only surviving person and nobody else that will inherit this money now
that my two daughters are dead.

All I want you to do is to assist in safe-keep of this fund which is
deposited at the custody of the security firm before it gets
confiscated or declared un-serviceable.

I have also decided that 30% of fund should be taken by you from the
fund upon the successful release of this fund. I will give you more
details as soon as i receive your me with my email
address (

Remain Bless

Mrs rebecca paul

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