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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.Mary Philips" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 12:25:20 +0100 (WEST)
Subject: From Mrs. Mary Philips.

From Mrs. Mary Philips.

May the peace of merciful God be with you,please I have a problem and i
decided it is good a thing to write bless in the name of God and sorry
to intrude into your privacy.As i hope that this mail meet you in good sense
of mind.

Please read this mail gently and try to absorb the content therein as this is
not one of any such mail you read but i have prayed and fasted irrespective to
my present predicament believing God that i shall meet the right person that
will be sincere,faithful and God fearing.

My name is Mrs Mary Philips,I am from FREETOWN the capital city of SIERRA
LEONE.I am married to late Mr.Josep Philips who was a DIAMOND BUSINESS
MERCHANT and died as a result of the war in my country.We were married for
twenty years with just a child called Junior.My Husband died as a result of a
bstray bullet shot during the war.Since his death I decided not to remarry.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Ten Million united
states dollars(10,000,000.00)USD in a security company here in the federal
republic of COTE D'IVOIRE. Recently,I was confirmed to be suffering from
Cancer and the Doctors informed me that i will not last for the next many

Hence I decided to look for a foreign partner that will help me secure this
fund in his or her custody and invest it into a risk-free venture for profit
making because my son Junior is too young and cannot handle such money so i
desire a sincere God fearing person that will assist me to process and secure
this money then send for my son and take good care of him as your child so
that he can further his education and after his education you will give him
rights to the investments and establishment as i may not live to watch over

Please, contact me as soon as you receive this message if you will be able to
handle this project by assuring me of your willingness and capabilities as
well as your sincerity and not capitalizing on my present health Condition to
betray me;respond back to me as soon as possible. Pls reply me
throughmyprivate emil : (

Thanks and I await to hear from you.
To God be the Glory
Mrs.Mary Philips

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