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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:

Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 09:02:54 +0100


I am sure this mail would be coming to you as a surprise since we hav=
e never met before and you would also be asking why I have decided to=
chose you amongst the numerous internet users in the world, precisel=
y 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 car=
efully read and digest the message below. The internet has made the w=
orld global villages where you can reach anybody you have not met bef=

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 Keith Abery 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 G=
eneva. 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 li=
fe with my family and loved ones whom I never had time for during the=
course of my business life, but before the death of my husband we ha=
d 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 u=
nfortunate 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 philanthr=
opic work on behalf of my late husband and I.

Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several cha=
rity homes and to some of the less privilege in different countries. =
Despite the agreement between my late husband and I to give aid to th=
e 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, irrespective of your previous financia=
l status, hence I need you to do me a favor by accepting our offer th=
at will cost you nothing.

I have presently deposited a Cheque in the sum of 2.8million USD with=
DHL express Nigeria to deliver to you, what you have to do now is to=
contact the DHL COURIER SERVICE in Nigeria as soon as possible to kn=
ow when they will deliver your package to you because of the expiring=

I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance Premium and Clearanc=
e Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is not a Drug Money o=
r meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country

You have to contact the DHL COURIER SERVICE Nigeria immediately for a=
n urgent delivery of this parcel to you, please;


Contact person:MR MORRIS ANDY

Customer Service +2348034527332

Again, you are not to pay for the delivering Charge, the Insurance pr=
emium and the Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque because I have =
already paid for them, the only money you are expected to pay is 78US=
D 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=
demurrage or further cost.

You are to reconfirm the below information to them to avoid any mista=
ke on the Delivery.

Postal address;
Full Names:
Direct telephone number;

Below is the security keeping code: (SCT/0433/F) of your draft, you a=
re 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

Note: Please I do not want you to thank me or my husband all I need y=
ou to do is to invest wisely with it and do the same good to someone=
=92s life someday as this is the only way this world would be a bette=
r community if we render selfless services to one another.

Also be notified that I will no longer be reading my email 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 o=
ther luxuries. All further correspondence should be forwarded to the =
courier company for the delivery of the cheque to you.

Yours Faithfully
Mrs. Angelina Lucy Keith

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