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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: "alle3_213"<alle3@myway.com>
Reply-To: estherukk2@yahoo.de
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 06:55:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Out of Ignorance


Dear Friend,I am Esther Johnson Phillips from London suffering from CANCER OF THE LUNGS out of Ignorance. I subjected myself to chain smoker out of fun but neverknew it will destroy me. This deadly habit has caused a deep harm to mylungs, my lungs now are destroyed and know more responding to treatment.The doctor checked/Confirmed that my immune is no more resistance andwill pass away soonest. The most painful thing in the whole deadlysituation is that I don't have a Child of my own due to reckless life Ilived. I beg you in the name of God to help take possession of the funds $6.2m I deposited in a financial institution as my new beneficiary outthere for legitimate claims for the purpose of helping the less privilegedones crying for help. This information will be needed from you to enable me forward them to the financial institution as my new beneficiary forimmediate claims in your favor.1. YOUR FULL NAME.2. YOUR HOME OR COMPANY ADDRESS.3. YOUR MOBILE PHONE AND FAX
NUMBER.Thanks and may the good lord uplift you in all that you lay hands upon.Reply me alternatively through this email address:estherukk1@yahoo.deEsther Johnson Phillips.

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