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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 Lisa Hernandez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 01:11:34 +0530

From: Mrs Lisa Hernandez
256 Golder green,
Beloved dearest one

My dear beloved I am the above named person but now undergoing medical treatment in Barnes Hospital, By fleet, Surrey, KT14 7LF, London England. I am married to Sir Lewis Hernandez who worked with British Judicial Commission in Chelsea England for over a decade before he died on 5th of July in the year 2005. We were married for fifteen years without a child. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 4 Million (Four Million Pounds sterling)this money is still with the Bank, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next 4 months due to a rare form of cancer of the pancreas.Though what disturbs me most is my stroke.I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this money to widows.because of much disappointment several times here in London which have send some fund to different charity home,i just want it to be done out of Europe by God fearing person.
i vow that anyone who help me will take 20% from the fund out of my free will,i just want my wish to be fulfill by sharing the 80% for the purpose which have mention,the fund is of no use to me because i will pass away any time from now.

I want an individual that will use this fund and provide succor to poor and destitute persons,orphanages, and widows & for propagating peace in the universe.I don't have a child who will inherit this money and my husband have no relatives he was the only child of his parents,I do not want my husband's hard earned money to be misused,
I am not afraid of death since I am going to be in the bosom of the Almighty.I do not need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health,am 69 years before i will pass away the poor,destitute,orphan & widow,i want them to have share out of the fund.

With God all things are possible as soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of my Lawyer in Europe.he will make all arrangement with the Bank in your name as the new beneficiary owner of the fund, Please always be prayerful all through your life. I will also be most glad if you can tell me a little about yourself. Hoping to hear from you, you can contact me with your positive response.

Mrs.Lisa Hernandez.

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