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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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Fraud email example:

From: "mrsb_l _hendricks" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 02:47:53 +0200
Subject: Transaction

My Dear,

Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am writting you
from South Africa where i reside presently.

I am former Mrs Fatima Rasaq,now Mrs. Benedicta L. Hendricks , a widow to
Late Sheik Mohammed Rasaq, last personal financial adviser to the ex- Iraq
leader sadam Hussein,I am 52years old, I am now a new Christian convert.

My late husband was killed during the Iraq war,and during the period of our
marriage we had 2 sons they was also killed in a cold blood.

My late husband have the same of 50 million United State Dollars. which is
already with a security company in here in South Africa.

There are two basic things i would want you to assist me in;
(1) Helping by traveling to there as a front collect these funds from the
security company here in South Africa.
This is because of my inability,i am taking refuge at the moment here.

(2)Helping me to carry out feasibility study on areas/choice of investment
you deem best for me.

Enclosing your telephone and fax numbers.

All other necessary informations will be sent to you when I hear from you.
I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible
stating your wish to this.

Yours faithfully

Mrs. Benedicta L. Hendricks

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