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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 Faith Edward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:15:04 +0100

Dearest Friend,

Compliment of the season, I know this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my future and continued existence. Please allow me to introduce myself I am Mrs.Faith Edward, married to Dr Nicolas Edward, a Greek shipping tycoon notable for his great wealth, influential extended family, and charitable activities all his life before his death. Few years ago, I was diagonalized of Cancer and according to my doctor, the end is very near.

Our life together as man and wife ended without a child though he had three Childre, Spyros, Marianna and Margarita from his first Marriage to Erietta. His Family and Erietta (his first wife) never approved of his marriage to me and have done everything to frustrate me. My husband died after a protracted illness 0n April 17, 2009.

My husband is noted for his philanthropy during his life time and I have vowed to continue from where he stopped to uplift the down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals as he had passion for persons who can not help themselves due to physical disability or financial predicament. I can adduce this to the fact that he needed a Child from this relationship, which never came. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Of America Dollars) $11.5m which were derived from his vast estates and investment in capital market with a bank in United Kingdom and named me as the beneficiary of this trust fund.

Presently, this money is still with the Bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited time to live due to the cancerous problems I am suffering from. Though what bothers me most is the stroke that I have in addition to the cancer. With this hard reality that has befallen me and having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to either an organization or a reliable individual in your person who shall utilize this money to better the lives of the less privileged. I want you to use this money in all sincerity to fund orphanages, widows and the destitute.

It is often said that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I do not have a child that will inherit this money and My Husband's First Wife and children and other relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons as they are controlling his Multi -Billion Dollar Business Empire. I do not want this money to be misused or invested into ill perceived ventures.

It is quite unfortunate that My husband's Son, Spyros Edward, who is the Heir to his father's Estate is towing a different line from what his father did while alive. He has shown every attribute of a tyrant and a dictator as he does only what he thinks that will benefit him without considering other people.

I know that after death I will be with God the most beneficent and merciful. I do not need any telephone communication in this regard due to my deteriorating health and because of the presence of the people Spyros paid to always be around me because he thought that I know where some of his father's wealth are because I was always traveling with My husband. I am currently bed ridden in the Family house and do not receive any visitors unless approved by Spyros Edward.

I do not want them to know about this development in order to safeguard this bequest. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank. I will also authorize my Private Attorney in the U.K whom I communicate with via emails all the time, to issue a Letter of Authority that will empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Please always be kind hearted all through your life. Please assure me that you will act just as I have stated herein. Hope to hear from you soon, it is well with you and members of your family. Please contact me through my private email address:

Any delay in your reply will leave me to start sourcing for another organization or individual for this same purpose. Until I hear from you, my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders. May the Almighty God continue to guide and protect you.

Thanking you in anticipation of your kind consideration.

Yours truly,
Mrs.Faith Edward.

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