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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: "thomas grey" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 22:35:35 +0100

25th september,2006.

Dear friend,
This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not
yet met.
After searching through your country's Chamber of Commerce and industry I
have to
say that I have no intentions of causing you any pains. As you read this,
I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die
My name is Mr Thomas Grey,a merchant in london, but presently taking
treatment in Dubai,
in the U.A.E. now.

I have been diagnosed with Prostate and Esophageala cancer that was
very late due to my incaring for my health. It has defiled all form of
medicine and
right now, I have only about a few months to live according to medical

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for
anyone not even
myself but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was
hostile to people and only focus on my business as that was the only thing I
for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than
wanting to have or make all the money in the world.

I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would
live my life
a different way from how I have lived it. Now that know my time is near, I
have willed
and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended
members and as well as a few close friends.I have decided to give alms to
organizations,as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth.

So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E,
London and Ireland.
Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self any
I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and donate the
which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria, they refused and
kept the
money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to
contended with what I have left for them.

The last of my money which is the huge cash deposit that l have with
security firm abroad.
I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity
organizations and
let them know that it is I Thomas Grey that is making this generous
donation. I am writing this
from my laptop computer in my hospital bed where I wait for my time to come.

Important Notice:Any response whatsoever should be directed to my private
box as any response outside it would not be acknowledged.

As soon as l received your sincere response l shall hence disclose all vital
details to you.
I pray for you to support and assist me with good heart.

be blessed my beloved,

Thomas Grey.

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