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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: =?utf-8?q?Mrs=20Theresa=20Smith?= <>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 00:44:02 -0800 (PST)

¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme

- Dearest oneCalvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I am MrsTheresa Smith.I am 65years old am suffering from long time liver problem.From all indications, my condition is serious and according to my doctor it is quite obvious that I may not survive the sicknessalthough as a christain I beleive God and I know that I will not die I will leave to declare the glory of God My late Husband and my only son was killed during the Ogoni Crisis and I am presently Leaving alone.Our Lord Jesus Christ is my comforter My late Husband was very wealthy we have a lot of properties including shares and houses.After the death of my Husband I made up my mind to travel abroad to leave the rest of my life and continue to do the work of God as a missionary.I called our lawyer and I instructed him to sell all my Husband properties and shares to enable me raise some money to continue my mission The lawyer sold the Shares and some of the properties and I was able to raise the sum of ($10.300,000.00(Ten Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars)The fund is in cash,for the safety of the fund till am able to travel out,I packaged the fund in consignments deposited it with a Security Company Presently all the documents concerning the consignments are with my lawyer Now that my sickness has gone to this stage I am scared and I want the fund to be used for the work of God all over the world I have prayed and I told God to direct me to an honest person who will receive this fund and utilise it for things that will glorify the name of God After my prayers I searched the internet,I found your email address and I decided to contact you Please if you are interested in using this fund for the work of God,please send to me your private phone and fax number full names and address to enable me give it to my lawyer for immediate arrangement with the Security company on how the consignments that contained the fund will be delivered to you I await your urgent reply Thanks and God bless you Regards Mrs Theresa Smith

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