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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. Anita Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:34:29 +0800
Subject: God Bless You As You Read.....From Mrs. Antita

*This message was transferred with a trial version of CommuniGate(r) Pro*
Greetings in the name of the lord. .
A letter from me to you. Mrs. Anita Brown, 70yrs old from England-UK. You might be wondering where I got your contacts from but I have really taken my time in searching thoroughly and I got your contact from usmarketdata. You came into my mind as the lord has directed me to and am willing to do so. I have noticed that you are God fearing, courageous, fulfilling and ambitious in life. I want you to know that you have been the chosen one and please, try and do my will because each of my words or statements must not go unfulfilled reaching the unprivileged, orphanages and the needy as you are blessed.
Dear Beloved One, I am the above named person but now undergoing medical treatment in East Asia. I am married to Dr.Thomas Brown, who worked as a world contractor for over a decade before his death. We were married for fifteen 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. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $12,000,000. 00 USD (Twelve Million US Dollars)Vault with a bank in London UK. Presently, this money is still there.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want an individual that will use this to fund and provide succor I understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I do not have any child and relatives.
I do not want my husband's hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner in which my late husband did not specify. 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.
I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Almighty. With God all things are possible. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Whosoever that wants to serve the Almighty must serve him with all his heart and mind and soul and also in truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
Please assure me that you will act according to my specification herein. Lastly I want you to also reply me with some vital information of yours such as:
Full Name:
State and Zip Code:
Sex and age:
Mobile phone number:
Hoping to hear from you soon then I introduce you to my family lawyer that can assist you in all ways of getting all needed documents to back-up the transfer.
Thank you and May the Almighty bless you.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Anita Brown.

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