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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: "thomas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 01:14:47 +0800
Subject: I shall await your quick response

Calvary greetings to you in the precious name of the Almighty God.I know this mail will come to you by surprise but it is through divine intervention I have contacted you as I got your details through search as a result of my ques to look for a trustworthy individual who will assist me.

My names are Mrs.Linda Thomas. I am a British Citizen currently been trapped in the war toned Libya . Before the beginning of the war between Libyan rebels and Gaddafi, I and my late Husband was fully involved in a business and we have made lot of money, but because of the war that is presently going on in this region am under the obligation of finding my way out of this deadly zone.

My purpose of contacting you is to seek for your assistance in receiving money my which late Husband deposited with a Royal Bank Of Scotland and is ready to be moved out of this region with an assistance of a diplomatic arrangement,why am making this urgent arrangement is based on the fact that my late Husband Brother is now trying to sell of everything that my late Husband left in London believing that I and my children will not die here in Libyan,before he gets to know about this Deposit,kindly assist me and my children to secure this Fund.

The total amount is $2.5M. However, all I want you to do is to stand as the beneficiary in your country after which I will come down if i'm able to come out and we shall jointly invest the fund in a profitable business venture. If you can do this for me, I shall set aside a total sum of 20% for your assistance while the remaining 80% shall be used for a good investment in your country. It shall be my delight if you can assist and please kindly get back to me immediately so that I can send you the contact of the security company legal department with a power of attorney for them to open communications with you for the delivery of the Fund to your country.

Kindly contact me only through this my secret
I shall await your quick response
Mrs.Linda Thomas

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