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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. Gloria Howard" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 13:10:55 -0800
Subject: Good day!!!

Dearest beloved,

Pardon me for using this medium to contact you. I am Mrs. Gloria Howard, now undergoing medical treatment in leads United Kingdom. I am married to Mr. Adrian Howard who joined BP Oil as an Engineering Cadet, and later became the vice president of operation and lately before his death he worked in BP'S Global LNG business where he was accountable for developing marine transportation solutions for the company's new global gas business before his untimely death on 5th of July in the year 2011.

We were married for thirty one years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for two weeks. Before his death he made a vow to use his wealth for the down trodden and the less privileged in the society. I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home. When my late husband was alive he moved the sum of Forty-Eight Million United States Dollars (USD $48 Million) to Ghana in West Africa which he intended to use for humanitarian works/destitute Orphanages in Africa.

Presently, this money is still in the possession of a financial institution with all insurance cover intact. Recently, 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 having known my condition I decided to look for an individual who will carry out this duty and work according to what my late husband and I intend to do with these funds in Africa before his death.
I am contacting you because I need a God fearing individual that will use these funds and provide succour to poor and indigent persons, orphanages, and widows and for propagating peace in the universe and also generate income on any investment made in the Real Estate Project/Orphanages. And finally we need a person that will write our names in the sands of time and make the world know that we have been in existence by putting our names on every charity foundation that is set up with these funds.

I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband's relatives are not interested in any humanitarian works and I do not want my husband’s hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner contrary to my late husband's wish. I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going and I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Almighty. As soon as I receive your reply I shall refer you to my financial adviser who will prepare all the paper work and give you the details and contact of the finance Company in Ghana's capital Accra and as well will guide you on every step to get the funds released to you.

Kindly reply back if you are willing to use these funds as I and my late husband willed and signed. I will call you once I have your full contact details.

Here are my contact details
Tell +44 7924562266

Thank you and May the Almighty bless you, Amen.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Gloria Howard.

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