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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.Esther Taylor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2021 13:40:32 +0200
Subject: Hello Dear

My name is Mrs.Esther Taylor, I am a dying woman who have decided to donate
what I have to your/ church/ mosque and the less privileged. I am 77 years
old and I was diagnosed for cancer for about 9 years ago, immediately
after the death of my husband, who has left me everything he worked for. I
have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late
husband to you for the good work of God,rather than allow my relatives
to use my husband hard earned funds ungodly. Please pray,that the good
Lord forgive me my sins.I have asked God to forgive me and believe he has
because He is a merciful God. I will be going in for an operation in less
than one hour.

I decided to WILL/donate the sum of {USD$6.5 }Six Five hundred thousand dollars)
to you for the good work of the lord, and also to help the motherless and less
privilege and also for the assistance of the widows.At the moment I cannot take
any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my husband relative are around
me and my health status. I have adjusted my WILL and my lawyer is aware I have
changed my will you and my lawyer will arrange the transfer of the funds from
my account to you.I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly,
and please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.Contact my lawyer
with this specified contact details:

Barrister Robert Banner.
133 Kingsway London WC2B 6UN

Please Inform him I have WILLED{USD$6.5 }Six Five hundred thousand dollars) to you by
quoting my personal reference number WILL/TT453276542/Jrr/075.And I have also notified
him that I am WILLING that amount to you for a specific and good work. I know I don't know you
but I have been directed to do this.Thanks and God bless. NB: I will appreciate your utmost
confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplish.

Mrs.Esther Taylor,

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and / or privileged material. Any review, re-transmission, dissemination or other use, or any action in reliance on
this information by persons or entities. If you have received this mail in error, please contact the sender and delete
the material from any computer. Finally, the recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses.
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