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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. Cecile Reed" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 16:58:02 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: In search of a Trustee

In search of a Trustee

My name is Ms. Cecile Reed I am a dying woman who has decided to donate
what I have to charities through you. You may be wondering why I chose
you. But someone has to be chosen. I am old and was diagnosed for cancer,
after the death of my husband who hadleft me everything he worked for.

I have been touched by the Lord to donate from what I have inherited from
my late husband to charity through you for the good work of humanity. I
have asked the Lord to forgive me all my sins and I believe he has,
because He is merciful. I will be going in for an operation, and I pray
that I survive the operation. I have decided to Will/Donate the sum of
Eight Million Five hundred thousand Dollars to charities through you for
the good work of the Lord, and to help the motherless,less privileged and
also for the assistance of the widows.

Presently, I have informed my consultant about my decision in willing this
fund to charity through you. I wish you all the best and may the good Lord
bless you abundantly, and please use the funds well and always extend the
good work to others. If you are interested in carrying out this task, I
will inform my consultant. I know i have never met you but my mind tells
me to do this,and I hope you act sincerely.

I sincerely know that a lot has been written about some SCAM coming out of
the world, but I assure you that this will never in any way associated
with that as you will be given the right to verify this directly with the
Bank were the funds is presently deposited.

Please reply me via this address:


Your sincerely,
Ms. Cecile Reed

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