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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: "Rita Anderson" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 01:13:22 -0700
Subject: Dear beloved one,

Dear beloved one,

Greetings to you in the name of our almighty and unfailure God who made all
things possible for his children, I am Mrs.Rita Anderson from Singapore,I am
65years Old, I was once a hindu worshiper as my people do,but ever since i
got married,i became a new christian convert and ever since then the Lord
has been good to me.

My dear I was married to a French man who is a nationality of Ivory Coast
Mr.Enes Anderson, and we lived happily for years in South Africa without a
child which gave me countless and sleepless night.I am presently back in
singapore due to the calamity that befell upon my sweet family,My husband
died in an auto crash on his way to work on a broad day light,ever since
then the family of my husband has never allowed me to have my piece all
because of the worldly things of the earth.

My husband was an engineer who worked with the chevron petroleum plc, all we
had before his death was threatened to be inherited by his family since i
could not give him a child when he was alive.My dear, I sold all i had and
all i was able to inherit from my husbands wealth and donated a sum of
$10.5million USD(Ten Million Five Hundred thousand United States Dollars) in
a security vault with the Alliance Capital Intl Security Company South
Africa,My dear after all these predeicaments i went through,My fate and my
mind could not carry them so i fell ill, I am presently suffering from a
long time esophageal cancer,also runs out of blood almost every month, I am
also facing a peneouma disease,but i thank God that i am still alive to
accomplish my mission on earth.

My dear, presently the security company wrote me to come forward and recieve
my fund, or issue a letter of authorization to someone abroad that i can
trust to claim the fund on my behalf and have it used as i wish since i
cannot come over.My dear due to my present health condition, I cannot go
through these processes by myself,so i need you to contact the security
company on my behalf and have the fund wired to you.I want the fund
distributed among the charity organisations,the less previlaged ones,the
motherless babies homes, build a cancer hospital,build an hospital for the
sick in your state.

I want you to be a God fearing,always remember to love one another as you
love yourself,always put me in your daily prayers and always know that God
first before any other thing. My dear as soon as i hear back from you, I
shall instruct and direct you on how you are going to contact the security
company with some code of identifications which i will release to you.

I do not want trust to betray me so i am doing this as the Lord has directed
me to, I took this drastic decision because i have finally known that all
these wealth are vanity upon vanity and one day we shall go without it.

My dear please put me in your daily prayer regarding my health, and i hope
to hear back from you as soon as you can, so we can proceed.

May the Lord bless and keep you always.


Mrs.Rita Anderson.

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