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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: "Louise Howard" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:12:58 -0700
Subject: She has limited time! Please.

Untitled Document

Dear love one,

This letter may be a very big surprise to you, I came across your email contact from my personal search and I instructed the doctor here in the hospital to help me email you and I believe that you will be honest to fulfill my final wish before i die.

I am Mrs Louise Howard from Fredonia, New york United State of America but presently in Netherland, I am 69 years old, suffering from a long time cancer of the breast. Meanwhile from all indication my condition has really deteriorated and my doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond the next two months, this is because the cancer has gotten to a critical stage. I was brought up in a motherless babies home, and was married to my late husband Johnson Finchley for twenty years without a child.

My husband and I are true Christians,we lived all lives in Netherland because he worked here as a contractor, but quite unfortunately he died in a fatal motor accident.Since his death I decided not to re-marry and because of my bad stage of health,I sold all my inheritance and deposited the total sum of $12.8million dollars with a bank here in the Netherland.

Presently this money is still in the Bank and the management of the Bank just wrote me as the Legitimate beneficiary to come forward to receive the money after keeping it for so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over as a result of my illness, or they get it confiscated.I am with a laptop in the hospital where I have been undergoing treatment which i use with the assistance of the nurses and my doctor around.I have since lost my ability to talk properly and my doctors have restricted my use of the laptop unless one of them is with me.

It is my last wish to see that this my hard earn money is invested in any organization of your choice and distributed each year among charities organization,the poor and the motherless babies home where I came from.I want you to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows within your reach.

I must let you know that this was a very hard decision, but I had to take a bold step towards this issue because I have no further option, I hope you will help realise my dying heart desire.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank in Netherland. I will also issue a letter of authority to the bank, which will prove that you are the new beneficiary of my funds.Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.Hope to hear from you soonest and the peace of they Lord be with you and your family.


Yours dying sister in Christ,
Louise Howard.

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