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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: "Eshe Beagley" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 15:38:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: My venture for the needy

Dear Friend

My sincere apologies for contacting you through this form and means but
the circumstances around me leaves me with no other choice.I am
prayerfully letting all to you hoping that you will respond positively and
wont betray my trust too. I may have to introduce myself. My name is Eshe
Beagley undergoing medical treatment in Leratong Hospital JohannesBurg.
south africa.i am married to dr. Aaron Beagley 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 death
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 herein.
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 do not want anyone to infilterate into my intentions. you know how
people behave because of money. i have decided to let this out to you and
you alone so please just follow my leading

I anxiously await your reply
Mrs Eshe Beagley

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