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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: mary das <>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 08:58:10 -0800 (PST)
Subject: I need your help(Morton Donald McGinty)

Dear Beloved Morton Donald McGinty,

I know you will be surprise to receive my message, I got your Name and email address from a mail Directory of well recognized citizens of United states of America .Something in me tells me that you will be sincere to me and trust worth. I am Mrs. Mary S. Das a foreigner married to Dr. John Das Nigerian who worked with a construction company in Asia for twenty Years before he died in the tsunami disasters, we were married but without any children.presently I am 61 years old. When my husband was still alive he deposited the sum of US$11 Million Dollars (Eleven Million United Sates Dollars) with a Security & Finance Vault Company. Presently this money is still with the Security & Finance vault Company and the management wrote me as the next beneficiary to my late husband to come forward to collect the money because the date which my late husband agreed with security & finance company for collection has expired and due to my condition of my health since and unable to go and
collect the money, I should prepare a letter of authorization to somebody whom I trust to collect the fund on my behalf.Presently, am hospitalize for months now for CANCER of the lungs, and I have since then lost my ability to walk and the Doctors said I have few month to live.
My husband relatives don’t care about my health, they have collected and sold other properties owned by my late husband, they are wicked to me also they don’t come to the hospital where am receiving treatment to know if and dead or alive. I will not be happy to let my husband relatives have everything that belongs to my late husband and, this is why am contacting you with my honest and faithful heart to sign the above amount to you, so that you will utilize 80% of this money to the following like churches, orphanages home, handicaps and widows around the world but all should be on my late husband and I name, so that I will be happy in my grave when I just my late husband. If I receive your reply I’ I give you all the information on how to collect the money from the Security & Finance Vault Company where the fund is been deposited. I will also issue you a letter of authority declaring you as the next beneficiary and how you will utilize or disburse the fund. Please assure
me that you will act accordingly and keep all details confidential.

I expect your prompt reply
Mother Mary S. Das

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