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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: "Mrs.Mary Jones" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 14:44:48 -1100
Subject: Use the Funds for the Less priveledge.

From: Mrs Mary Jones of Kuwait
RE: Use the Funds for the Less priveledge.
I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am married to Dr. Harry Jones
who worked with Kuwait Embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died
in the year 2000.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 so much in love. 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 $8.6Million (Eight Million six hundred thousand U.S.Dollars) with a finance/security company in Europe.
Presently, this money is still with the Security Company and the management has written me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the trunk box of money or rather issue a letter of authorisation to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not come over.
Presently, I'm in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for oesophageal cancer. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have
told me that I might not be able to survive this illness from all indications.
It is my last wish to see this money distributed to victims of Hiv/aids,charities donations,Orphans and other needy persons in your country.

Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my
illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them anymore.
I beg you for love sake to help me collect the deposit and the interest accrued from the company and distribute it accordingly.
I want a person that has love for humanity that will use this money to assist and utilise for orphanages and widows propagate one love and to ensure that the house of the less privilagde.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not good enough and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by them. I don't want a  situation where this money will be used in an other-wise  manner.
Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence
I know myself. I know that I am doing a good work . I will not be able to use the telephone communication in this regard because of my soundless voice and the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about this development.
 As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Finance/ Security Company. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of this fund. I want you and your family to always have love in your heart.
 Please always be nice. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another person for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.
Hoping to hearing from you soon.
Mrs Mary Jones.
You should send a reply mail to my private mail box :

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