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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.Angelina Lucy Keith" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:01:41 +0200
Subject: Inheritance (Contact DHL)

I am sure this mail would be coming to you as a surprise since we have
never met before and you would also be asking why I have decided to chose
you amongst the numerous internet users in the world, precisely I cannot
say why I have chosen you but do not be worried for I come in peace and
something very positive is about to happen to your life right now and to
the lives of others through you if only you can carefully read and digest
the message below.

Before I move further, permit me to give you a little of my biography, I
am Mother Angelina Lucy Keith, 87 Years old woman and the wife of Late Sir
Abery Keith who died in a Plane crash on Monday the 7th of September 1998
GMT 14:22 UK while they were flying from New York to Geneva. Please see
site below for more information.

After the death of my husband I became the Head of his investment and now
that I am old and weak I have decided to spend the rest of my life in my
Ranch before i finally leave the world, but before the death of my husband
we had a plan to use the last days of our lives to donate half of what we
have worked for to the less privilege and charity homes and the other half
for ourselves, family members and close friends, and it is so unfortunate
that my husband is not alive today to do this with me and I am very weak
and old now, hence I have decided to do this philanthropic work on behalf
of my late husband.

Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charity
homes and to some of the less privilege in different countries. Despite
the agreement between my late husband and I to give aid to the deprived,
we also agreed to render support to an individual we have not meet before
in life due to the fact when we were still young in life we receive an
anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not
being able to know till date, the impact we got from such gesture made us
to do same.

I am sorry to inform you that you will never have the chance to know me
because I have just concluded the assignment which my husband and I have
agreed upon before his sudden death and you happened to be the beneficiary
of our last WILL, hence I need you to do me a favor by accepting our

I deposited some fund in the sum of 1,800,000.00 (One Million Eight Hundred
Thousand British Pounds) with DHL UK four weeks ago to deliver to you, but
i was very ill so i could not send you an email until today. what you have
to do now is to contact the DHL COURIER SERVICE UK as soon as possible to
know when they will deliver your package to you.

For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance
Premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is not
a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country

You have to contact the DHL COURIER SERVICE now for the delivery of your
cheque with this information bellow:

Contact Person: Mr. George Greg

Phone: +44 704 572 0486

Again, you are not to pay for the delivering Charge, the Insurance premium
and the Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque because I have already
paid for them. The only money you are expected to pay is 160 GBP (One Hundred
and Sixty British Pounds) for the security keeping of the cheque so far.

I would have paid the fee but the company insisted that I should not
because they don't know when you will be contacting them and to avoid
demur rage or further cost.You are to reconfirm the below information to
them to avoid any mistake on the Delivery.

1. Postal address
2. Full Names
3. Direct telephone number

Below is the security keeping code: (SCT/0433/F) of you draft, you are to
also present it to them for verification before delivery.

Please, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any
further delay.

Be also notified that I will no longer be reading my emails or surfing the
internet as I have retired completely from the outside world to my ranch,
at this moment I have nothing to do with cars, emails and other luxuries,
all further correspondence should be forwarded to the courier company for
the delivery of your cheque to you.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Angelina Keith

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