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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: tony freeman <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 17:02:21 +0000
Subject: URGENT REPLY...

Dear Friend,

I am Anthony Freeman, married to Maureen Freeman(British). My wife was into private practice of engineering job all her life before her death. Our life together as man and wife lasted for three decades without child. My wife died after a protracted illness. My wife and I made a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals as she had passion for persons who can not help themselves due to physical disability or financial predicament, sympathy for women who wants to have kids but could not receive blessing of the womb. I can adduce this to the fact that she needed a Child from this relationship, which never came.

When my late wife was alive she deposited the sum of (Three Million Great Britain Pounds Sterling) which were derived from her vast estates and investment in capital market with her bank here in UK. Presently, this money is still with the Bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the cancerous problems I am suffering from. Though what bothers me most is the stroke that I have in addition to the cancer. With this hard reality that has befallen my family and as the wishes of my late wife, I have decided to donate this fund to trusted individual whom I would want him/her to use this gift which comes from my wife’s effort to fund the upkeep of physical disability children, orphans, barren-women especially on infertility research, probably to end or reduce agony barren women goes through secretly.It is often said that blessed is the hand that gives.

I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and our relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I want to accomplish my wife’s wish when she was alive not to allow her hard earned money to be misused or invested into ill perceived ventures. I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision.

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be with the Almighty and my wife by my side when I eventually pass on. The Almighty will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I will provide you with my communication line on receipt of your readiness to take on this challenge.


As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank in UK. I will also issue you a Letter of Authority that will empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Kindly notify me if will be able to act just as I have stated herein. Hope to hear from you soon and God bless you and members of your family. Reply to my alternative email

Yours sincerely
Anthony Freeman

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