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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: "Susan Foundation" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 12:12:40 +0100
Subject: From Mrs.Susan Wesley, Pls Reply ASAP.

Dear Friend,

Compliment of the seasons!

I send my love and greetings to you, Please pardon me as I am aware that
this is not a conventional way of relaying such an important massage to you,
I did try without success to locate either your contact address, and I
resorted in contacting you via email. I am a US citizen but married to Late
Dr.Rahman Muhammad of blessed memory who was oil explorer in Kuwait and
Brunei for ten years before he died in the year 2006.
We were married for ten years without a child. He died after a brief illness
that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were committed to each
other and respect each others interest. Since his death, I too have been
battling with both Cancer and fibroid problems,my doctor told me that I have
few months to live due to my Cancer problem, and this lead to a stroke
attack which bothers me most through because I cannot move as I use to and
having known my condition I decided to seek for your help.

After his death I decided to sell the remaining of his inherited belongings
and deposited the money with the Fund Manager in UK for safe keeping because
I was urgently needed in the hospital because of my sickness,I took this
decision,that before I rest in peace this money will be shares as I desires
and the relatives of my husband have confiscated other of our wealth without
giving any to the needy.Based on that I don't want to entrust this fund to
any of them, and I have no child, I cannot take the fund to the grave. I
don't want a situation where this money will be used in inappropriate
manner. Since my health is retrogressing by all minute, so my dear please do
get back to me and let me know if you are willing to carry out this work.
The management of the Financial Institution just wrote me as the owner my
Lawyer told me to come forward to receive the money or rather issue a Letter
of Authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come
over because of my illness or they get it confiscated because the time we
agreed to claim the fund has passed.

So if you are willing to help me for this work: 30% of the fund goes to you
to ensure that you are prepared for the task ahead, 70% of it will be used
in all sincerity to fund philanthropic organization,orphanages and widows.
As soon as i receive your reply, i will send you the a letter of authority
that will prove you the new beneficiary of my fund.

Hoping to hear from you soon with your reply to me with these following:

1) Your full name and Full address.
2) Your private/direct telephone number.

I pray that this letter bring you and your family good tiding while my
dreams to help humanity rest squarely on your shoulders. Do remember me in
your prayers because that is what I needed most for now. Waiting for your
reply and Pray for me all the time.

Mrs.Susan Wesley.

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