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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: "" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 03:28:03 -0430

Dear Friend,

 My name is Mrs. Jane Akus Ibeson, widow to late Mr. jerry  IBeson, I am 51 years old,suffering from cancer of the breast.

From all indications my condition is deteriorating and it's obvious that I won't live more than 3 months according to my doctors. The tumors has deteriorated into the critical stage.

My late husband died in December 2003 in a car accident. During the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child. My late husband was wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth.

The doctor has advised me that I will not live long, so I have now made up my mind to spread My husband wealth to charity & mercy works in Africa,Asia, America and Europe.

My late husband was an business tycoon.He has mineral rights all over Africa.He left the sum of (5.5 Million Dollars only) which he packaged in a mental box and kept it with one security company in Ghana.

I need your help to claim the money and distribute the funds to charity works & needy homes as I stated above so that when I die my soul will rest in peace knowing the money served a purpose rather than being expropriated by the government(corrupt politicians) at my death because i don't have children that will inherit, and utilize the money positively .

The money and distribution will be entirely at your care and control.
I hope God will give you the wisdom to touch very many lives with my generosity (this is my main concern)

Please 30% of this money will be for your time and effort , while 70% goes to charity,ans you also send little to for my medication my dear Before we proceed, I want to let you know more about this 5.5 Million US dollars, my late husband deposited with one security company in Accra Ghana.please if you want to help me claim these money Kindly send me your

mail address..........

phone number...........

full name................


name of your country............

so that i can forward it to security company for them to contact you on what next to do
Thanks for your cooperation.

EXCLUSIVELY to charity.

Thanks & God bless you.

Mrs. Jane ibeson

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