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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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Fraud email example:

From: "mary allain" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 05:13:52 -0800
Subject: Dearest in Christ

St.Thomas' Hospital,
Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7EH

Dearest in Christ
I believe you will treat this mail with the fear of God . It is with tears
that I am writing you this mail; I don't need your pity, but love to my
daughter. My mail may seem very painful and sorrowful, but there is more you
can do in my request than to pity me, which is to show LOVE to my daughter.
I was an orphan and do not wish my daughter to experience what I have been
through on Earth after an automobile crash that nearly claimed my life.

My name is Mary Allain married to the late James Allain, who died with our
two boys in Indonesia on 10th of December 2004 during the Tsunami Disaster,
after this Painful and sorrowful incident, my condition worsened and I was
diagnosed of cancer, which got worst and I have been suffering from heart
failure and hepatitis
Since. My friends ignored me due to my relationship with God on sick bed.
I have been in United Kingdom for a long time now. We all were suppose to
travel to Indonesia in December 2004, but my bad health, did not permit me
to travel with them, which made me and my daughter stay behind while my
husband and our two sons traveled. If not, all of us would have perished in
the disaster.

My reason of writing you this mail is due to the sad news that came to me
recently from the doctors. After my last diagnosed result, it was proved by
the doctors that I may not leave for more than One month ahead, due to the
damage the cancer have caused in my system unless I undergo an urgent
surgical operation which my chance of survival is less than 20% according to
the medical experts. As it stands, I have given to fate and have found God
on sick bed. But I have a more concern problem, which is why I have
contacted you.

Please, this is about my daughter. Since it is now obvious that I will die,
my daughter future has been the greatest problem I have. I want you to take
care of my daughter please. She is only 11years and we have no person here
to take care of her if I die today. My friends for knowing God deserted me.
I, Mrs Mary Allain Deposited the Sum of 10.9 (Ten Million Nine Hundred
Thousand Dollars) in my fixed deposit Account here in London, which I
intended to use for investment in Indonesia. I want you to take this money
and my daughter. Use the money into a big investment, that you will manage
until my daughter grows up to take over the investment. I will like you to
take my daughter as your own daughter, give her the love we the parents
would have given her.

Do not let her feel the pains of being an orphan, give her good education,
bring her up into a responsible woman . Make her have the fear of God.
Please do not refuse this task. I have no one else to help me out on this
issue, I am an orphan who grew up without knowing God rather focused on
wealth and otherwise, living a life of fantasy and doesn't care or know who
God is. Do not pity me, rather take good care of my daughter and bring her
up to be God fearing person.

As soon as I receive your reply including your personal details, all I will
do is to authorize my Bank to transfer the money to your account directly
and I will also draw up my WILL in your favor. I will give the Bank all the
documents that are covering the deposit with the Bank, I will transfer every
power and right of ownership to you stating at my WILL to enable you claim
the deposit from the Bank. It will be also included in the WILL that you are
the only person my daughter should be released to, if I die. All I need is
your acceptance and assurance that you will not treat my daughter badly.

I am writing you this mail with great tears and I pray you will be kind &
honest with fear of God concerning this mail to you today. Please reply this
mail immediately if you have the love and care of God
Please, send reply and all correspondences to me : E-mail:
Mrs Mary Allain.

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