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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 Helen Nkume <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:06:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: My Dearly Beloved,

My Dearly  Beloved,

How are you and your family, I hope all is well, I am Mrs. Helen Nkume, it is  my best wishes from my  heart full of despair that I am writing to
seek your consent to conduct this humanitarian projects, because I am  suffering r from advanced Brest cancer that
prevents me from realizing my dreams. My doctor has  just informed me that my days are numbered
because my health condition  is
degrading. My marital status is such that I have no husband.

My husband Eng.Nkume
a France
citizen, of glorious and blessed memory who was an engineer and consultant in Republic of Benin for twelve years died of a heart
attack, and I have no children to whom I could leave my legacy. That's why I
want to Send these fund to you (USD 4.100.000) Four Million One Hundred
Thousand Dollars, so that you can use it to help the poor, homeless and Widows.....So
if you feel you can give these poor children and poor widows a glimmer of hope
and joy, then make your opinion very clear and sure to me.

This mission Is what I want you to accomplish, this have been my ambition and
my personal dream, but for health reasons I am not capable to do it by myself,
that  is why I am contacting you, whom I
can have complete confidence. I count on your goodwill and especially your commitment.

I want you to know that the money you are about to receive is from a dying
woman who is currently in Hospital ,so  you make good use of it  by using it to bless those in penury (such is
my dearest wish at this time).If you are willing to help the poor children and
poor woman please Kindly Reply Back fast to me through my private Email

Thanks and God Bless you

Mrs. Helen Nkume.

University Teaching Hospital

Benin Republic.


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