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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: "mharry76" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 07:01:27 -0600
Subject: From Mrs. Janet Harry

From Mrs. Janet Harry
10 High Street, Billericay,
Essex CM12 london, UK.

Dear Sir/Madam.

I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am married to Dr. Kazeem Harry, who worked with Kuwait embassy here in London, UK. for nine years before he died in the year 2001. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.
Before his death we were both devoted Christains. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home, When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $6 Million (Six Million U.S. Dollars) in a bank here in United Kingdom. Presently, this money is still under the safe keeping of the bank here in United Kingdom. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problems.

Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to poor or to a good charitable home anywhere in the world particularly Africa and some poor poor Asian countries or a trustworthy individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a person that will use this fund on orphanages and widows propagating the word of
God . Becuae God made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don''t have any child that will inherit this money and I donat want my husband hard earned money to be misused by his relatives who do not know GOD.

I don? t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. Hence the reasons for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I don? t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health, since my husbanda relatives are always around me.

I don''t want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I will forward your personal information to my lawyer here in UK so that he will start immediate process of the release of the fund. He will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the original-beneficiary of this fund and to help you claim the Fund in your country,

I want you to always pray for me because the God is my last hope. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Person. Whoever that wants to serve the God must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.Delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another individual for this same purpose.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible.

Remain blessed

Yours ,

From Mrs. Janet Harry.

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