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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 Graham" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2009 18:27:45 +0800
Subject: please reply to me for more details

Dear Friend

my name is Audi Hamilton undergoing medical treatment in South Rand Hospital , Gauteng.
south africa.i am married
to dr. Graham Hamilton who worked with british judical commission in england. We were
married for fifteen years without a child. Before his death on the 5th of july 2004.he
made a vow to use his wealth for the less privileged.he deposited the sum of 3.5
million pounds with one security company in europe.presently, his money is still with
the company.recently, my doctor told me that i will not last for the next 4 months due
to a rare form of cancer of the pancreas but what disturbs me most is my stroke.i have
decided to donate this funds to a god fearing person who will
utilise it as my husband wished.I understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I
took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my
husband relatives are not inclined to helping poor persons and I do not want my
husbands hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner in which my late
husband did not specify. I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an
ungod ly manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of
hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the
Almighty. I do not need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
health, and because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I do
not want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon
as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Finance/Security Company in
Europe. I will also issue you a letter of
authority that will empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund. I want you to
always pray for me and Please assure me that you will act according to my specification
I shall provide you with more detailed explanation on the situation of things after I
have received your positive response to assist through this and honestly too.

Note= direct your
response to this email for more information and for sake of confidentiality [ ]

I anxiously await your reply
Mrs Audi Hamilton

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