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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 Anne Sarah Wuseh" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 13:34:04 +0100
Subject: Re:From Mrs Anne Sarah Wuseh,Dear Trusting Friend

*From Mrs Anne Sarah Wuseh
Centre De Sante Bethesda Hospital
83BP:1730 Gbejromede
Cotonou Benin Republic

Dear Trusting Friend

It is with tears and pains that I write this mail from my sick bed in a
hospital. I believe you have never met such a condition before. My name is
Mrs Anne Sarah Wuseh, widow to late Mr. Frederick K. Wuseh , former owner of
PETROLEUM AND GAS Company, here in Benin Republic.

I am 66years old, suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all
indications my condition is really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that
I won't live more than 2 months according to my doctors.

This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I don't
want your pity me, but I need your trust. My late husband died in December
2003 in a plane crash in Benin,

(please check,*
*and during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child. My
late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his
business and wealth. The doctor has advised me that I will not live for more
than 1 months, so I have now decided to spread all my wealth, to contribute
mainly to the development of charity in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. Am
sorry if you are embarrassed by my mail.

I found your e-mail address as a real Child of God for over a month now that
I have been praying about you to know if really you are working according to
the direction of God so after all my prayers I am convince, and I have
decided to contact you, but if for any reason you find this mail
offensive,you can ignore it and please accept my apology before my late
husband died he was a major oil tycoon, in Benin and deposited the sum of
US7,000,000.00 (Seven Million Dollars only) in abroad some years ago,
That's all I have left now,

I need your help to collect this funds and distribute it yourself to charity
homes.So that when I die my soul will rest in peace. The funds will be
entirely in hands and management hope God gives you the wisdom to touch very
many lives that is my main concern. 30% of this fund will be for your
timeand effort, while 70% goes to charity.Please, send reply and all
correspondences to my email.*

*God bless you.
Mrs Anne Sarah Wuseh

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