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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 Keith" <>
Reply-To: DHL <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 07:53:03 +0200 (SAST)


I am very much aware that I do not know you, but the internet has made the world a global village where you can reach anybody you have not met before. I come in peace and something positive will affect your life and the lives of others for good. Just carefully read and digest the message below.

I am Mother Angelina 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 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 give up ghost.

Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charity homes/less privilege in different countries. I and my late husband also agreed to render support to an unknown individual that we have not met before due to the fact that when we were still young in life we received an anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not being able to know till date. THIS OFFER WILL COST YOU NOTHING.

I deposited a Cheque in the sum of £3,800,000.00 (Three Million Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds) in a brown envelop as a parcel with DHL Courier Services Uk over four weeks ago to be delivered to you. Due to my ill health condition I was unable to send you an email until today.
What you have to do now is to contact the DHL Express Courier Services Uk as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you. I have paid the delivering charge, the Insurance premium and clearance Certificate fee.

The only Fee you are expected to pay is £160 British Pounds for the Security Keeping of the cheque. 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 have to contact the dispatch Manager of DHL Express Courier Services Uk immediately for an urgent delivery of your parcel to you with your information below to avoid any mistake on the Delivery.

Your Postal address;
Full Names:
Direct telephone number;
You are also expected to present the security keeping code: (SCT/0433/F) to him for verification and confirmation


Contact Person: Mr.Rowan Greg
Phone: +44 704 5785839

Please do contact him as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay. Also be 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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