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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.KATE DOUGLAS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:29:52 +0100

Dear Belove,

I believe you will treat this mail with the fear of God. It is with
tears that I am writing you this mail, I don't need your pity, but
love to my son. My mail may seem very painful and sorrowful, but there
is more you can do in my request than to pity me, which is to show
LOVE to my son. I am an orphan and do not wish my son to experience
what I have been through on Earth.

My name is Kate Douglas,married to the late James Douglas,who died
with our two daughters in Indonesia on 26th of December 2004 during
the Tsunami Disaster, Please go to website:,,1380645,00.html,
Since after this painful and sorrowful incident,my cancer sickness got worst and I have been suffering from heart failure,hearing problem and hypertitis.I was ignored by my friends due
to my relationship with God on sickbed. At p resent, my only means of
communicating with people around me is through body language and

I, my husband and our children have been in United Kingdom for a long
time. We all were suppose to travel to Indonesia in 2004 December, but
my bad health, did not permit me to travel with them, which made me
and my son stay behind while my husband and our two daughters
travelled.If not, all of us would have perished in the disaster.

My reason of writing you this mail is due to the sad news that came to
me recently from the doctors. After my last diagnose result, it was
proved by the doctors that I may not leave for more than one month
ahead,due to the damage the cancer have caused in my system unless I
undergo an urgent surgical operation which my chance of survival is
less than 10% according to the medical experts. As it stands, I have
given to fate and have found God on sick bed. But I have a more
concern problem,which is why I have contacted you.

Please, this is about my son, his name is Johnson. Since it is now
obvious that I will die,my son's future have been the greatest problem
I have.I want you to take care of my son please. He is only 10years
and we have no person here to take care of him if I die today,I was
deserted by my friends for knowing God.

My Husband left some money (About $12,000,000.00 usd) in a deposit
house at United Kingdom at Abbey National Bank Plc, of which I was
made the next of Kin/Beneficiary, which I intended to use for
investment in Indonesia.

I want you to take this money and my son. Use the money into a big
investment, that you will manage until my son grows up to take over
the investment. I will like you to take johnson as your own son, give
him the love we the parents would have given him. Do not let him feel
the pains of being an orphan,give him good education, bring him up
into a responsible man. Make him have the fear of God. Please do not
refuse this t ask.I have no one else to help me out on this issue,I am
an orphan who grew up without knowing God rather focused on wealth and
otherwise,living a life of fantasy .Do not pity me, rather take good
care of him and bring him up to be God fearing.

As soon as I receive your reply and personal details, that is :

(3) AGE
(4) SEX

consenting to my proposition, I will authorize my bank to transfer the
money to your account directly and I will also draw up my WILL in your
favour . This will be made with the assistance of my Late husbands

You do not have to pay any fees to the Attorney for that I will take
care of.

Also, I will give the bank all the documents that is covering the
deposit with the bank, I will transfer every power and right of
ownership to you stating at my Will to enable you claim the deposit
from the bank.It will be also included in the Will that y ou are the
only person my son should be released to, if i die. All I need is your
acceptance and assurance that you will not treat my son badly.I am
writing you this mail with great tears and I pray you will be kind &
honest with the fear of God concerning this mail to you today.

Please reply this mail immediately if you have the love and care of
God at:

Thank you.
Kate Douglas

About my son Johnson

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