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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: Mother Joy Erich <>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:26:30 -0500
Subject: 5.8million pounds for you

Greetings !

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. The internet has made the
world global villages where you can reach anybody you have not met

Before I move further, permit me to give you a little of my biography,
I am Mother joy Erich, 87 Years old woman and the wife of Late Sir
Burckhard Erich 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
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 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 and I.

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, irrespective of your previous financial
status, hence I need you to do me a favor by accepting our offer that
will cost you nothing.

I have presently deposited a Cheque in the sum of 5.8million British
Pounds with Ulster Bank of United Kingdom to be transferred to you,
All you have to Do Now, is to contact the ULSTER BANK OF UNITED
KINGDOM immediately for an urgent Transfer of your fund to you, please
Contact person: Mr. Matin West

Email ;

Customer Service, +447024034931

You are to reconfirm the below information to them to avoid any
mistake on the Transfer

Full Names:
Direct telephone number;

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