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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.Sakura Wilcox <>
Date: 6 Apr 2021 11:22:51 -0700
Subject: From Sakura Wilcox

With warm hearts I offer my friendship, my greetings, I hope this letter meets you in good time.

I am Mrs. Sakura Wilcox from Japan, I worked as a senior Nurse at UCLA medical centers Los Angeles, California  and I was making research with my old college friends names to see if i can see them  and i came across your profile and my spirit pushed me to contact you after going through your profile .I am suffering from a long time cancer of the breast and throat, from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I can't work or do any stressful thing, according to my doctors they have advised me that I may not live for the next two months.

This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I was brought up from a motherless babies home,and was married to my Husband Late Mr. Wilcox Alex who worked with America Embassy Ankara,Turkey for nine years who died in a Plane crash with our son Wilcox Petra on Monday the 7th of September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they were flying from New York to Geneva.

Please see the site below for more information.

Since his death I decided not to remarry, I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $2.7 Million (Two Million seven hundred thousand U.S.Dollars).And the best part of it is, my bank Trustee Bank of Turkey told me in the letter that they can have the funds released to my approved person that was authorized by me once i issue to them the complete Bill of Exchange procedures to ensure swift transfer of fund to my approved person.

Presently, I am using my laptop in the hospital in London, United Kingdom where I have been undergoing treatment for my sickness. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only 2 more months to live.

It is my last wish to see at least 60% of this money is invested/donated to any organization/business of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization, e.g. the poor homes, the motherless babies home where I came from and you can use the 40% to help yourself since I do not have more than two months to leave in this world and has no child of my own.

What I seek for is a God fearing person like you ,who will carry out my last wishes and before I emailed you today I prayed and the holy spirit gave me the confidence to send you this email. I took this decision, before I rest in peace because my time will soon be up.

As soon as I receive your reply I will give you the contact information of the paying Bank with instruction on how and whom to contact in regards to this matter at hand.I shall give you the contact of the Trustee Bank of Turkey. I will also issue Trustee Bank of Turkey a complete Bill of Exchange procedures to ensure swift transfer of funds. I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd.

All i need from you is a confidential assurance that the funds when received by you will be used for the said purpose, Nowadays there are so many kind of people and most times people can change when money is involved especially amount of this kind, it is difficult to trust but I don’t know why the Holy spirit still approved me to tell you about this out of every other people. 

Please I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived the life of a worthy Christian. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for an individual or organization for this same purpose. Feel free to go into this with me.

Please endeavor to use it for Charity organization donations and less privileged. It will be surprising to you to receive this proposal from me since you do not know me personally. However, I am sincerely seeking your confidence in this transaction, which I propose with my free mind and as a person of integrity from God.

Please assure me that you will accept accordingly as I stated herein. Your response would be highly appreciated.

May God bless you as you help me to fulfill my obligations.

Waiting for your reply.

Yours in faithfully,
Mrs.  Sakura Wilcox

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