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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. Lindsay McCarthy" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 19:57:09 +0100

- Dearest in Christ,

Greetings in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. My beloved,
I know that this letter will come to you as a surprise, but I crave your
indulgence to read this. I am Mrs. Lindsay McCarthy, a widow from
london(United Kingdom), legally married to late Mr. Wilfred B. McCarthy a
citizen of the United State of American, who was murdered during the U.S
raid against terrorism in Afghanistan, and during the period of our marriage
we could not produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after
his death, I inherited all his business and wealth.

I am 62 years old, now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time
cancer of the breast, from all indications, the conditions of my health is
really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I won't live more than two
months, according to my doctors, this is because the cancer stage has gotten
to a very terrible stage.

Based on the doctor's observation and report, I was made to understand
that I might not be in existence for more than two months, if only there
would be a miracle. Hence, I have decided to divide part of this wealth, to
contribute to the development of the churches in the world since I have got
no issue of mine who can inherit this wealth acquired from my late husband.

After praying to our father in heaven, I was lead by the spirit to look
up on someone who will be willing and capable to handling this task, hence,
I opened my laptop and browsed through the chamber of commerce where I found
you and selected you after visiting web site and I prayed over it. I am
willing to donate the sum of $8.700.000.00 US dollars, to the less
privileged. The said fund is laying in STANDARD CHARTERED BANK (UNITED
KINGDOM). I am offering you 30% of the fund to you for your kind assistant,
while 70% of the fund will be used in all sincerity to fund philanthropic
organization, orphanages.

I am taking this bold decision because I don't have any child of my own
or devoted relations whose behavior has left much to be desired while I am
ill and above all I don't want a situation where this money will be used in
an ungodly manner.

Please note that as soon as I receive a response from you I will forward
to you the contact details of the bank and my attorney, who will carry you
along legally with all documentation that will authenticate your claim
legally with the bank and also to prove to them that you have been mandated
by me to receive the fund on my behalf as my new bonafide beneficiary of my
fund deposited with them. Also note that the original certificate of deposit
will be forwarded to you by my attorney as soon as you are in contact with

I honestly pray that this money when transferred will be used for the
said purpose, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition
without Christ is vanity. May the grace of our Lord Jesus the love of God
and the fellowship of God is with you and your family.

I await your kind hearted reply urgently through my email address (

Yours in Christ.

Mrs. Lindsay McCarthy.

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