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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:

Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 03:59:17 +0000
Subject: Letter dated July 15th [respond asap

email -
My name is Mrs. Neema Henderson undergoing

medical treatment in Coronation Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa. I am married to Dr. Scott Henderson who worked

with British Judicial Commission in England before his death on the 5th July 2004.he made a vow to use his wealth for the less

privileged.He deposited the sum of 3.5 Million Pounds with one Security Company in Europe.Presently, this money is still with the

Company. 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 but what disturbs me most is my stroke.I have decided to donate this fund

to a God fearing person who will utilize it as my husband wished.
PLEASE SEND YOUR RESPONSE TO MY PERSONAL EMAIL which is =[ ]=for more information and for sake of confidentiality.

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