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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 MARIA A. VICTOR" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:15:53 +0530

Hello Dear,
Though this medium internet has been greatly abused, but I chose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest medium of communication .However, this correspondent is unofficial and private.
Please give me this little chance to explain myself to you, I would have like to meet you face to face before departing from this mother earth but my illness continue to deprive the chance, but I know I am strong even if I die on the process of this operation I will still see it one those things in life ..
My name is Mrs. Maria M.A.Victor I am a dying woman and i decided to donate what I have to you which is to be used to assist poor people and charity homes. I am 49 years old and I was diagnosed for cancer  for about 2 years ago, immediately after the death of my husband, who has left me everything he worked for and because the doctors told me I will not live longer than some weeks because of my health, I decided to WILL/donate the sum of $1,500,000(One  million five hundred thousand dollars) to you for the good work of the lord, and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows in general.
Before my husbad dead,he inform me that he had some deposit with Switzerland bank but i was unable to complete the bank required formalities as a result of my health that is why decided to donate the money to assist poor people and charity homes. If you believe  that you can handle money as REQUESTED,then you have to arrange for claim to a Swiss bank, there is a fairly simple procedure to follow, depending on the date the account was opened and my lawyer will guide you on the required procedures.
I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, and please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others should encase I did not survive this major operation I am about to go through now, but all I need now is prayers.
I will like you to Contact my lawyer for all the assistance you need to get this money transferred to you. (Bar William Johnson) with his specified contact and let him knows all I just said about this money, ($1,500,000.00) although he is aware of my intention. Please send him all the below information for easy communication.
Below is the Swiss bank 2001 List of Swiss Bank Accounts from the ICEP Investigation for your kind reference website:
Your full name...........             
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Your sex...........................                        
Your identification proof ....................            
Your occupation...............................               
Your country and city.......................                 
NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality and trust in t his matter to accomplish my heart desire, as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. Always write me with below email address:
>From Mrs. Maria M.A.Victor

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