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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. Mary Parker" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 10:25:59 +0100
Subject: respond please

*Thank you for your interest
Dear Beloved in Christ
Dear trusted one,

Best compliments.*

Good a thing to write you.please use this money for the poor people,
churches and less privileged people .greetings to you and your family, In my
search for a reliable person and all so a Good person and having gotten your
contact through prayers and painstaking efforts I have decided to seek your
help in carrying out my last wishes. *

*I am Mrs Mary Parker,suffering from cancerous ailment.I am married to
Mr.Robert Parker,my husband worked with the Northern Ireland Channel
Islands, England in the United Kingdom for twenty years before he died in
the year 2003. My late husband deposited the sum of £ 17.5 Million
(Seventeen Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds) with a Bank in United
Kingdom.Recently,my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to
the stroke and cancerous problems I am suffering from.I have decided to
donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my
husbands effort to fund the upkeep of widows and charities worldwide.I took
this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money
and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not
want my husband hard earned money to be me for more
Email; <>

Please, I beg you to help me to collect this deposit and distributes it
Use your judgment to distribute the money and keep 10% of it to yourself.
Feel free to reimburse yourself when you have the money for any cost you
incur during the process of collecting and distributing the money.if you are
willing to help, please reply as soon as possible. May the good lord bless
you .*

*Dearest one,I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this
regards .As soon as you indicate your interest i will give you more detail
on how to follow up this transaction.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:-*

*1. Can you honestly help me as your sister ?*

*2. Can I completely trust you?*

*3. Finaly i hope you will treat me like your person?

Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible, i humble wait
for your respond please
With God all things are possible.
Your Sister in Christ,
>From Mrs. Mary Parker *

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