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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: "Mrs. Jill Lunsford" <jill.lunsford61@mail.com>
Reply-To: jill.lunsford61@live.co.uk
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 03:33:49 -0200
Subject: Greetings.

Hi,

Happy New Year and I hope this mail meet you and your family well today?

As you read through my message, I do not want you to feel pity or sorry for me, for I believe someday, somehow, we will all surely die; this is about mine, and a last wish.

My name is Mrs. Jill Lunsford, I am a cancer patient and bed ridden and medical science can not do anything for me at this stage.

Having accepted my condition I decided to entrust some fund I have (US $3.2Million) deposited in Europe to either a philanthropic organization or devoted individual that will utilize this money for charitable activities.

30% of the money is allocated to you, to ensure that you are prepared for the task; the balance70% of this money will be used by you in all sincerity to fund philanthropic organization, orphanages.

I am taking this decision because I don't have any child or devoted relations whose behavior has left much to be desired and above all I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner, hence my bold decision to contact you, a total stranger.

Since my health is Retrogressing by the minute, you will have to tell me a little about yourself, because I got your email address from the Internet.

With the information, I will make arrangement to prepare the Authorization through an Attorney for you to get possession of the deposit.

I will give you the name and contact of the establishment where the money is lodged in Europe thereafter, so you can claim the funds.

Until I hear from you, I pray that this letter bring you and your family good tidings.`

God be with you.

Mrs. Jill Lunsford.
Email: jill.lunsford61@live.co.uk
Email: jill.lunsford61@mail.com
Tel: +44 70111 46398

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