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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:

Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 14:54:34 -0700

Dearest in Christ

With due respect and humanity, let me first of all inform you that I got
your email address from a mail directory and i felt deeply in my heart that
you are that individual that i have been looking for and so i can contact
you for a blessing that you are about to receive and also share with people
that need it.

I am Mrs.Florence Collins from Germany. I am married to Mr. Tom Collins, a
France marchant who worked with a construction company in Africa for twenty
Years before he died in the tsunami disasters during our holiday trip, we
were married but without any child. I have been diagnosed with esophageal
cancer, which was discovered very late, this is because the cancer stage
has gotten to a very bad stage. This sickness has defiled all forms of
medicine, and right now I have only about few months to live, according to
medical experts.

Before the death of my husband, he deposited the sum of $5,000.000.00 USD (
FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in a bank here in Benin Republic, and
due to my health condition now i am willing to donate this sum of
$5,000.000.00.USD to the less privilegeds and to contribute to development
of church in Africa, America, Asia, and Europe.

My late husband was a very wealthy man and after his death, I inherited all
his business and wealth, presently this money is still with the bank and the
management just Wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the
money or rather Issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on
my behalf if I cannot come over. I am presently in a hospital where I have
been undergoing treatment Cancer of the esophageal cancer.

I want a person that is trustworthy that will utilize 90% of this money to
fund churches, orphanages and widows around the world but in my name "T & F
FOUNDATION". As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of
the bank and I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you
as the new beneficiary of this fund.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated in this letter
and send to me and send the following information to enable me obtain a
letter of authority which will authenticate the release of the deposited
cash in your name:-


Keep this contact confidential till such a time this funds get to your
custody, this is to ensure that nothing jeopardizes my last wish on earth.

I await your urgent reply.

Yous In Christ,

Mrs. Florence Collins

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