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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 LOUISA WILSON <wilsonlouisa12@netscape.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 17:18:03 +0200
Subject: PLEASE ASSIST


Dearly Beloved,
It is by his grace of that I received GOD, Having known the truth, I had no
choice than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God for eternal
life and in the sight of man for witness of God’s mercy and glory upon
my life.
I am Mrs. Louisa Wilson the wife of Mr. Harry Wilson, my husband worked with
the Chevron/Texaco in Burundi for twenty years before he died in the year
2001.We were married for twenty-seven years without a child. My Husband died
after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were
both born again Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a
child outside my matrimonial home which our lord is against. When my late
husband was alive he deposited the sum of US $3.5M. (Three Million Five
Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars)with a security firm in Europe. Presently, this

money is still with the firm and the management just wrote me as the
beneficiary to come forward to sign for the release of this money or rather
issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I
can not come over.
Presently, I'm in a hospital in Burundi where I have been undergoing treatment
for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors
have told me that I have only a few weeks to live. It is my last wish to see
this money distributed to charity organizations any where in the World.
Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my
illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility
to any of them. Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me Stand and
collect the Funds from the Bank. I want a person that is God fearing that will
use this money to fund orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and
also assist the tsunami victims. I took this decision because I don't have any
child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not GOD
fearing and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by
unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an
ungodly manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not
afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in
the bosom of the Lord. I don't need any telephone communication in this
regard
Because of my soundless voice and presence of my husband's relatives around me
Dearly Beloved,
It is by his grace of that I received GOD, Having known the truth, I had no
choice than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God for eternal
life and in the sight of man for witness of God’s mercy and glory upon
my life.
I am Mrs. Louisa Wilson the wife of Mr. Harry Wilson, my husband worked with
the Chevron/Texaco in Burundi for twenty years before he died in the year
2001.We were married for twenty-seven years without a child. My Husband died
after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were
both born again Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a
child outside my matrimonial home which our lord is against. When my late
husband was alive he deposited the sum of US $3.5M. (Three Million Five
Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars)with a security firm in Europe. Presently, this

money is still with the firm and the management just wrote me as the
beneficiary to come forward to sign for the release of this money or rather
issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I
can not come over.
Presently, I'm in a hospital in Burundi where I have been undergoing treatment
for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors
have told me that I have only a few weeks to live. It is my last wish to see
this money distributed to charity organizations any where in the World.
Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my
illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility
to any of them. Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me Stand and
collect the Funds from the Bank. I want a person that is God fearing that will
use this money to fund orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and
also assist the tsunami victims. I took this decision because I don't have any
child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not GOD
fearing and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by
unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an
ungodly manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not
afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in
the bosom of the Lord. I don't need any telephone communication in this
regard
Because of my soundless voice and presence of my husband's relatives around me
always and i don't want them to know about this development. With God all
things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of Attorney who
is in Europe as he will be the one to assist you in laying claims for these
funds.
Yours in the lord
Louisa Wilson
N.B
PLEASE REPLY TO (louisawilson12@netscape.net)

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