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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 00:52:11 -0700

*From Mrs.Hilda Achums.

In Lordship. I am the above named person from Nigeria but now undergoing
medical treatment. I was married to Dr.Roberts Achums who worked with Shell
Petroleum Nigeria Plc in Nigeria for fifteen years, before he died in the
year 2006. We were both married for eleven years without children.

He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death
we were both very close as husband and wife and since his death I decided not
to re-marry. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of
USD10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) with an Oceanic Bank
International Nig Plc, I will send you details as soon as you indicate your

Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Six months due
to my cancer illness. Having known my condition and believing the doctor I have
decided to donate this fund to avoid total loss to Less privilege, or better
still an individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to
instruct here in.

I want interested firm,or individual that will receive and use this money to
help, orphanages ,widows and propagating the word of God and to ensure that the
house of God is maintained.

Please do not fail to spread the funds across the globe especially AFRICA as
soon as you receive the money. it is more blessed to give than to receive. I
took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
money and my husband relatives are fighting over the properties and I don't
want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by their greedy attitude.
I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an UNGODLY
manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of
death since I am a good person.

I shall hold my peace. I don't need any telephone communication in this
regard because of my health, and because of the presence of my husband's
relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about this
development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply
I shall give you the contact information of the bank and other details that
will enable you claim the funds.please i want you to be aware that according to
my attorney there are some important document that will be required by the bank
for the transfer this is where i will need your little assistance before the
fund can be transfer with the help of my attorney.

I will also issue you a letter of authority/Power of Attorney that will make
you the beneficiary of this fund. I want you to always pray for me because the
lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.
Whoever that wants to serve the GOD must serve him in spirit and truth. Please
always be prayerful all through your life.

I sent you this mail under severe pains. Any delay in your reply will be
detrimental. Please assure me that you will act accordingly.
Hoping to hear from you immediately.

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Hilda Achums.
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