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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. Aiyana Baker" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 02:53:38 -0800
Subject: May The Lord Bless You,

Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis
Oosterpark 9, 1091 AC
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bless You My Dear,
I am Mrs. Aiyana Baker, age 73 years old,i am the wife of late Mr. Robert Baker,which i got your contact from my late husband diary,we are both from United State Of America, my husband worked with the Oil and Gas Company Chevron/Texaco in Africa for twenty years before he died after he was release from the kidnappers,We were married for Forty-five years without a child.
My Husband died after a brief illness that lasted only four days after he was release from the kidnappers. Before his death we were both born again Christians, When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US $5.5million dollars.with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc in the Africa Nigeria, Presently this money is still with the Bank, the management just send me an email to come over for the release of this money or rather issue! somebody to receive it on my behalf.
I'm in a hospital in Netherlands where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the breast and Pneumonia. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few weeks to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations and people that are in need of help anywhere in the World,That why I have contacted you to help me receive this funds, Pleas i need your information to forward to the Bank, to let them know i want my funds transfer to you,Your Name, Your Address, and phone number.
Bless you as i hope to read from you soon.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Aiyana Baker

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