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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: Rose Sigcau <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 08:32:14 +0000 (GMT)

Dear Friend ,
As you read this mail,my desire is that You find a Place in Your heart to assist me in fulfilling my late husband's last Wish/Will.I am Mrs.Rose Sigcau, from Northern Ireland .My husband was into cocoa business in Ivory-coast for thirty two years before he died in the year 2007. Presently,I am in a hospital in the United Arab Emerite (UAE) undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer and recently my Doctor told me that I have a very short time to live due to this Health problem and i had stroke recently.
I and My Husband were married for twenty five years without a child. Before my husband's death,he deposited the sum of (US$18.500.000.00) (Eighteen Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)which was concealed in a Diplomatic Box and Lodged with a Security Company as Family Valuables and no one knows of this huge cash deposit till Date.During my husband's final hours in his sick bed,he instructed me that the money should be used for the less previlleged in the society.

Having known my condition,I decided to write to you from my heart and hoping that you will not betray me.Now what i need from you is your good assistance in helping me execute my late husband's last wish / will since i am no longer in the position to do it because of my present health condition. Please i want you to use this money for charity works and i am offering you 20% of the total funds for your assistance again keep this business highly confidential because relatives have plundered so much of my Late Husband's wealth since my illness.

I shall furnish You with relevant information which will authorise the release of these Funds to You as my assigned representative immediately you confirm your acceptance to act on my behalf. Please reply immediatel so that this funds can be released to you while i am still alive.
Your's Faithfully,
Mrs.Rose Sigcau.

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