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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 gail whisky" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2007 02:41:28 +0200
Subject: A CRY FOR HELP,

My Beloved.

Greetings To You And Your Family In The Name of God.

My name is Mrs Gail Whisky, I'm a 58 years old woman,my husband and two children where involved in a plane crash in the Dec,25th website.

But before this happened,my business and concern for making money was all I care for,i never really cared about other values in life and God.

But since after the loss of my family as a great shock, I have found a new desire to assist helpless families as a way to worship God and sort his face for mercy,Therefore i have decided to donate money for the Churches/Islamics and Less Privileged in the world orphans in orphanage/motherless.

So in my search for a reliable and God fearing person who i can trust outside my Country,that can help me in carrying out my last wishes and having gotten your contact through prayers and pains taking efforts via searching i made on the internet on my bed side i came in contact with your email address.
My Husband kept (US,6Million)six Million United States Dollars in a long-term deposit in a Finance company in Cotonou Benin Republic,and me as the next of kin but presently, I'm in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for Oesophagi Cancer at International Memorial Hospital Cotonou

I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only few months to live,It is my last wish to see this money distribute to Churches/Islamics and Less Privileged,below i enclosed to you my current Photogragh by my bed side.
Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me collect the deposit with the help of my Lawyer and distributes it accordingly Use your judgment to distribute the money to orphans in orphanage/motherless and keep 30% of it to yourself.Feel free to re-imburse yourself when you have the money for any expences you made during the process of collecting/claiming the Funds on my behalf.

Please If you are willing to help,please reply as soon as possible,because I want this project to be completed before i die according to the Doctor.Rply to my barrister email;

And also attach to me in your return mail your personal details for familiarity,May the good Lord bless you.

1.Your Full Names

2.Your Age/ Sex

3.Your Marital Status

4.Your Occupation

5.Your Mobile Numbers/Fax

6.Your International Passport/Working ID/Driving Lincence.


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