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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. Dolly Wong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:51:48 +0100
Subject: Dear friend

Dear friend

I have sent you this message because of the need to open discussions with you. I don't want you to misunderstand this offer in any aspect, if it is okay with you I ask for your full co-operation.

I am Mrs. Dolly Wong married to Michael Wong from Malaysia who worked with a construction company in Asia for twenty Years before he died in the plan crash, we were married but without Any children. Since his death I decided not to remarry and presently I am 69 Years old. When my late husband was Alive he deposited the sum of US29.5OO.OOO with a Bank Presently this money is still with the Bank and the management just wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the money or rather Issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I cannot come over. I am presently in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment Cancer of the lungs in a hospital, I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. I want a person that is trustworthy that will utilize this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows around the world.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of this fund. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here in and Keep this contact confidential till such a time this funds get to your Custody. This is to ensure that nothing jeopardizes my last wish on Earth.

As you may understand, due to my husband sensitive position in the present government, it is not safe to communicate with me via phone or fax. Please all your correspondence should be forwarded to my lawyer who reside in London-United Kingdom

Mr. Scott K.Wingate
Wright & Co.
International House, 1-6 Yarmouth Place
Mayfair, London W1J 7BU, United Kingdom
Tel: +44-782-214-8459
Tel: +44-770 006 6906
Fax: +44-709-284-0444

I await your urgent reply.

Mrs. Dolly Wong

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