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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: "ruth bill" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 13:20:17 +0000
Subject: RE: Beloved

Beloved beloved Justin,
I must let you know that your email has brought life into me.My dear i
want you to know that i am presently in hasana Hospital here in Kenya that
is mainly made for foreigners and i must tell you they are taking good care
of me.
Beloved I assure you this is a very simple process, and have in mind that
the funds was deposited in a security company here in Kenya but was moved to
their corresponding office in London for safe keeping, my dear i want you to
know that you will not have to travel to anywhere all we will need to do is
for the security company to recognize you as the beneficiary of the funds so
that the funds can be transferred to you directly.
I want you to know that my main aim is to do something the lord will
appriciate before i leave this earth. Please assure me that you are ready to
open a Motherless babies home in my name ( Mrs Ruth Bill ) 
Please do reconfirm your details which i will need to know you better, after
that i will then give you the details of the security company so that you
will contact them for them to recognize you, my dear child i want you to
know that this will not take us more that 10 working days if we act
So do send to me the details i need to know you better as stated below:
your full name
Phone and Fax number
Contact address
Age and Occupation
Mrs. Ruth Bill

>From: "Justin Thyme" <>
>Subject: You have touched my heart
>Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 20:45:27 +0100
>* Hello! How are you feeling? Well I hope. I read your letter to me, I am
>deeply moved by your sad plight. I do not know if there is anything I can
>to help you. But if I can I would be only to glad.
>Justin Thyme

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