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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 Kristine Wimbledon <>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 13:01:39 +0300

Please kindly accept my apology for sending you this email without your
consent. I believe you are a highly respected personality, considering
the fact
that I sourced your profile from the peoples search data base on the
web during
my descret search for a partner whom can assist me in taking bringing the
dreams of my late husband come through.I am Mrs Kristine Wimbledon , suffering
from cancerous ailment. I was married to Sir Wimbledon G .an English shipping
tycoon notable for hisgreat charitable activities before his death in April
2nd, 2006. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Twenty
Million Pounds Sterling (20,000,000.00 GBP) which were derived from his vast
estates and investment in capital market with his bank here in UK and named me
as the beneficiary of this trust fund.(All records are kept with my family
lawyer).Presently, this money is still with the Bank. My Doctor told me
recently, that I have limited days to live due to the cancerous
problems that i
have been suffering from. Though what bothers me most is the stroke
that I have
in addition with the cancer. With this hard reality that has befallen me, I
have decided to donate this fund to you and i want you to use this gift which
comes from my Late husbands effort to establish a charity home for the upkeep
of widows, widowers,orphans,destitute,thedown-trodden, physically challenged
children, barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped
financially. 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 mis-used or
invested into ill perceived ventures, which is the reason i took this bold
decision. I do not need any telephone communication in this regard due to my
deteriorating health and because of the presence of my husband
relatives around
me. You can contact me through my personal email address:

Please assure me that you will act just as I have stated here in.Hope to hear
from you soon.
.Remain Blessed.
Mrs Kristine Wimbledon

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