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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: "Missionary Carol Mitchell." <atendimento@dmaepc.mg.gov.br>
Reply-To: "Missionary Carol Mitchell." <dr.georgewilson@w.cn>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:48:39 -0300
Subject: Hello Beloved,

Missionary Carol Mitchell.
>From St Peters Catholic Church 136 Clerkenwell Road,
London EC1R 5DL, United Kingdom.
E-MAIL: stpeterscatholicchurchuk@london.com

Hello Beloved,

I am Rev. Sister Carol Mitchell a Missionary in St Peters Catholic Church
London United Kingdom, But I am Citizen of America from California USA.I am
very sick now and I deposited the Sum of US$6Million with CITI BANK London
United Kingdom Here, But my Doctor here in the Hospital told me that I will
not survive this Sickness that I have only two weeks more to live.

So I want you to help me stand as my next of kin to enable CITI BANK London
here Transfer this US$6Million to you, But note that you will take
US$3Million out of this US$6Million and give the remaining US$3Million to
any Charity Home around your area because that was the vow I made to my God
Almighty before I became a Missionary.

I want you to contact my Doctor immediately if you are interested to stand
as my Next of Kin, So that he, My Doctor can direct you on how to proceed
before I pass away in this world because I have only two weeks to live
according to my Doctor.

HERE IS THE CONTACT INFORMATION OF MY DOCTOR:

NAME: DR. GEORGE WILSON
E-mail: dr.georgewilson@w.cn
Phone: +44-702-401-6910.

Thanks,

Missionary Carol Mitchell.
>From St Peters Catholic Church 136 Clerkenwell Road,
London EC1R 5DL, United Kingdom.
E-MAIL: stpeterscatholicchurchuk@london.com


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