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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: mary lammer <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 13:49:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: From. Miss Mary.

My Dear Beloved,

It is with tears and pains that I am writing this email from my sick bed in a hospital here in Guinea Conakry. I believe you have never met such a condition before. I am Miss Mary Kwela, a daughter to late Engineer Pat Kwela, former owner of PETROLEUM AND GAS Company, in Benin Republic. My late father died in December 2003 In a Plane Crash.

My late father estates was taking by his wicked brother and know one was left for me because my illness they did not know that he deposited a very huge amount of money in the security company.

Due to my illness.I found your e-mail address as a real Child of God for over a month now, during my search for a trust worthy son of God. And since then, I have been investigating about you to know if really you are working according to the direction of God. So, after all my investigation, I was convince, and I have decided to contact you, but if for any reason you find this mail offensive, you can ignore it and please accept my apology.

But if it touches you in your heart to help the homeless and the needy, please respond as soon as possible. Before my fathers death he was a major oil tycoon, in Benin and deposited the sum of US$6,000,000.00 (Six Million U.S Dollars only)in a Security Company here in Guinea Conakry, some years ago and right now that is all I have left, after my late fathers business associates took everything that belongs to my father and his brothers.

I can not make the withdrawal of this fund, because my late father registered the Beneficiary of the fund as his (Foreign Business Partner) and also (Family valuables as the content of the deposit) the documents of the deposit are with me. Now i want to invest this money in your country for security and political reasons. I want you to help in claiming and retrieve this fund from the security company and so it can be delivered to you in your country for investment purposes.

The question now is can you be trusted? You know in a business like this required trust to achieved the success, I have seen what money does to people and even the best of us can change over night. It is true that a transaction of this magnitude cannot be realized without trust, but I hope that at the end we both will get what we want out of this transaction.

If you can assist me i will be pleased to offer you 10% of the total fund.
If you are willing to do this, please contact my lawyer with your informations, he will direct you on what to do have it in mind that my lawyer did not know the content of that box in the Security Company, tell he that I ask you to contact he.

with this informations.

(1)Telephone or fax numbers?

(2) Your full name?

(3) Your full address?

(4) What is your occupation?

(5) How old are you?

His email contact is:

Name is Barrister Caba.

God bless you.

From. Miss Mary.

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