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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: "patricia white" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 05:31:52 -0700
Subject: RE:Urgent?

Mrs. Patricia White
17 Copse Hill,Wimbledon,
SW20 0NE,London,
United Kingdom.

My Dear Beloved,

I am the above named person but now undergoing medical treatment in Barnes
Hospital, South Wople Way, SW14 8SU, London, England. I am married to Sir
Gerald White who worked with British Judicial Commission in Chelsea England
for over a decade before he died on 5th of July in the year 2005. We were
married for fifteen years without a child. He died after a brief illness
that lasted for two weeks. Before his death he made a vow to use his wealth
for the down trodden and the less privileged in the society. Since his death
I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of £4 Million (Four
Million Pounds sterling) with one Finance/Bank in Europe.

Presently, this money is still with the Bank. Recently, my Doctor told me
that I would not last for the next 4 months due to a rare form of cancer of
the pancreas. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or
better still a God fearing person who will utilize this money the way I am
going to instruct herein.

Hence, the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death
since I know where I am going.I know that I am going to be in the bosom of
the Almighty. I would not be allowed to take any telephone communication in
this regard because of my health,doctor's instructions and because of the
presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I do not want them to
know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I
receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Finance/Security
Company in Europe.

I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the
original beneficiary of this fund. I implore you to always pray for me. My
happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation.

Whosoever that wants to serve the Almighty must serve him with all his
heart and mind and soul and also in truth.

Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply
will give me room in sourcing for an individual for this same purpose.

Please assure me that you will act according to my specification herein.

I will also be most glad if you can tell me a little about yourself.

Hoping to hear from you. Thank you and may the Almighty bless you.

You can contact me with your positive response.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Patricia white.

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