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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: From Margret Tomson <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 00:44:21 +0200

Beloved bixnfleisch,

Greeting in the name of our God. I am Mrs.Margret Tomson, a widow to late Jerry Tomson. I am 56 years
old, I am now suffering from long time cancer of the breast, from all indication my conditions is really
deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I wont live more than six months, according to my doctors, this is
because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. And I had no child with my husband when he
is alive.

The doctors has advised me that I may not live for more than six months, so I now decided to contribute
it to the development of the churches, orphanages and to the less privileged etc.The amount is Three
Million,Two Hundred Thousand dollars US$3,200.000.00. I selected you after visiting web site and I
prayed over it, Please I want you to note that fund is lying in a security company.

I am offering you 30% of the fund for your assistant, 70% of this money will be used in all sincerity to fund
philanthropic organization, orphanages and less privileged.

I am taking this decision because I don't have any child or devoted relations whose behavior has left
much to be desired while I am ill and above all I don't want a situation where this money will be forfited to
security company where is deposited, hence I took this bold decision.

I honestly pray that this money when transferred will be sured for the said purpose, because I have come
to find out that wealth acquisition without God is vanity. May the grace of our Lord God be with you and
your family.

I await for your urgent reply.

Yours in God.

Mrs. Margret Tomson

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