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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 Mary Wilford" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 18:55:19 +0300 (EEST)


Please kindly accept my apology for sending you this email
without your consent. I believe you are a highly respected
personality, considering the fact that I sourced your profile from the
peoples search database on the web during my descret search for a
partner whom can assist me in taking bringing the dreams of my late
husband come through. I am Mrs Mary Wilford , suffering from
cancerous ailment. I was married to Sir Wilford H.An English
shipping tycoon notable for his great charitable activities before his
death in June, 2007.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Twenty Million
Pounds Sterling (20,000,000.00 GBP) which were derived from his vast
estates and investment in capital market with his bank here in UK and
named me as the beneficiary of this trust fund.(All records are kept
with my family lawyer).Presently, this money is still with the Bank.
My Doctor told me recently, that I have limited days to live due to
the cancerous problems that i have been suffering from. Though what
bothers me most is the stroke that I have in addition with the

With this hard reality that has befallen me, I have decided to donate
this fund to you and i want you to use this gift which comes from my
Late husbands effort to establish a charity home for the upkeep of
widows, widowers,orphans,destitute,the down-trodden, physically
challenged children, barren-women and persons who prove to be
genuinely handicapped financially. I took this decision because I do
not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband
relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my
husband hard earned money to be misused or invested into ill
perceived ventures, which is the reason i took this bold decision.

I do not need any telephone communication in this regard due to my
deteriorating health and because of the presence of my husband
relatives around me. You can contact me through my personal email

Please assure me that you will act just as I have stated herein.
Hope to hear from you soon.

Remain Blessed,
Mrs Mary Wilford

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