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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: "nbn" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 07:37:58 -0800

Dear Beloved;
How are you and your family? am Mrs. Jennifer mark,a widow to late Frank Mark
who was a
citizen of United Kingdom. am 75 years old, suffering from cancer of
the breast, from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is
quite obvious that I would not live more than three months, according to my
doctor and from all indication regarding to my medical analysis, the cancer
stage has gotten to a very bad stage after the series of breast surgery
conducted by the specialist .all efforts made to put a resuscitation measure
was to no avail, my doctors confirmed that my tendency of lasting long is not
My late husband was killed during the U.s. raid against terrorism in
Afghanistan, and during the period of our marriage we could not give birth to
any child. My late husband was a business man and he travels from country to
country and he is a very wealthy, after his death , I inherited
all his assets. Following to my present condition, the doctors have advised me
that since I do not have an Alternative, that I should better now decide what I
will do with my late husband's proceeds ,so I now decided to share some part
of this proceeds, to contribute to the development of charity in America,
Africa, Asia and Europe especially to create solution to the problem of the less
privileged and orphanages. I wish you will be of help I am willing to donate the
sum of $5,500.000.00 dollar, [$5.5m dollar] to the less privileged.
Please i want you to note that this fund is lying in a security finance
firm(Cotonou),and of which to your response i will give instructions to the
security finance firm (Cotonou) to release the fund to you as my next of kin,
and upon my instruction application for the release of the fund
in your name and Favor will also be done. Lastly, I honestly pray that this
money when released will be used
for the said purpose even though I may be late then, because I have come to find
out that wealth acquisition without goodwill to humanity is vanity and I made
the promise to myself that the fund will be used for a better tomorrow. If you
are willing, You are required to send the following information below.
[1] complete contact address
[2] full name
[3] private phone number
[4] Age
[5] country
Your sister,
Mrs. Jennifer mark
our family attorney name is (Esq cosmos white) phone--+447011197989

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