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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: veronicasweet gordon <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:52:04 +0100 (BST)

Attn : Dear Friend,

First of all I want you to Know that this is not a scam mail.Because base on what is going on all over the internet world people find it very difficult to beleive thing like this any more.if you can garantee me from your side your trust and honestly if You Can come down your self and see thing for your self before we proceed and this will make thing clearer for you.

I am Mrs. Veronica Sweetnesss Gordon from America I am married to Dr. Nicolas Wing Gordon of united state who worked with Chevron Texaco as oil consultant/contractor
in Africa for twenty years before he died in the year 2006.We were married
for twenty-seven years without a child. He died during one of the riot in
the Niger delta region. He was held hostage and slain to death by protesting
youths of the region. Before his death we were both born again Christian.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry. When my late husband was alive he
made a numbered time (Fixed) deposited for twelve calendar months, valued at
$15m.usd (fifteen Million U.S. Dollars)

Meanwhile, this money is still with the bank and the management just wrote
me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the money or rather issue a
letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not
come over. Presently, I am with my laptop in a hospital where I have been
undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs.
I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have
only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see that this money is
invested and proceed at the end of every year distributed among charity

I want a person that is God fearing that will use this money
to fund churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and to
ensure that the house of God is maintained. I am made to understand that
blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I know that
there are a lot of poor people suffering from different kind of disease and
nobody to come to their aid.

With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall
give you the contact of the financial firm. I will also issue you a letter
of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of this fund.
You are to help me invest this fund into real estate and stocks. You will be
entitled to 30% of every profit you make in a year. Please assure me that
you will act accordingly as I stated here in.on your reply i will forward you my attorney contacts details he will be in good position to help and give you all the entire document that will covers this transaction .
Hoping to hearing from you soon.

In your response to me, please include your telephone and fax number and
also your mailing address.
Mrs. Veronica Sweetnesss Gordon

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