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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:

Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 11:38:18 +0200 (CEST)

My Dear beloved Friend,

Greetings in the name of God,Pls let this not sound strange to you for my
only surviving lawyer who would have done this died early this year.i
prayed and got your email id from your country guest book. I am Mrs. Iris
Stobbs from Florida USA,I am 58 years old,i am suffering from a long time
cancer of the lungs which also affected my brain,from all indication my
conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according
to my doctors they have advised me that i may not live for the next two
months,this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage.

I was brought up from a motherless babies home was married to my late
husband for twenty years without a child,my husband died in a fatal motor
accident Before his death we were true believers.Since his death I decided
not to re-marry,I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the
sum of US$11.5Million Dollars with a United Bank for Africa Plc.
Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me
as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so
long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it
on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get
it confiscated.

Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital here in London where I have
been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. my doctors have told me
that I have only a few months to live.It is my last wish to see that this
money is invested to any organization of your choice and distributed each
year among the charity organization,the poor and the motherless babies

I want you as God fearing person, to also use this money to fund
church,mosque, orphanages and widows,I took this decision, before i rest
in peace because my time will so on be up. As soon as I receive your reply
I shall give you the contact of the United Bank for Africa Plc.I will also
issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary
of my found. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated
Hoping to hear from you soon.

NAME: __________SURNAME:__________________SEX: _____ AGE: ______MARITAL:
_______________COUNTRY: _______CITY: _________ STATE _______
ZIP CODE: _______CONTACT ADDRESS: ___________PHONE NO#________FAX NO#_____
OCCUPATION:______________POSITION: _____________

Waiting for your reply.
Reply me through this my private email address:

Thanks and God Bless you

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