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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. Anita Hudec" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:56:57 -0400
Subject: Mrs. Anita Hudec (From London, UK)

Mrs. Anita Hudec (From London, UK)
I am Mrs. Anita Hudec, the widow of the late Mr. Michael Hudec, a Slovakian contractor based in United Kingdom who was one of the passengers aboard Air France Flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro Brazil to Paris, France on 1/6/2009 killing 216 passengers and 12 crew members, including my husband.
I am currently undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer in a hospital here in UK, but recently, my doctors told me that my condition has worsened and obviously cannot survive unless by special grace of God.
We were married for twelve years without any child. Before the death of my husband, he had a deposit of the sum of Three million five hundred thousand dollars (USD 3, 500,000) in a bank with the hope of establishing a trust fund. Till today, the money is still with the Bank unclaimed. For this I decided to donate the funds for humanitarian purposes through a God fearing person or the organization that will use it to support orphanages, homes for the elderly and widows etc. I took this decision because we have no children who will inherit the money and my husband had decided on establishing this project before his death.
Therefore, please accept this proposal and help me achieve my heart desire to receive the funds and carry out the humanitarian projects as appointed administrator. If you accept this offer, you will be entitled to 10% of the total money as operating expenses or compensation, while the rest will be used for humanitarian/charity projects.
If you will be of help to me, please reply immediately as I will surely appreciate and thank you for your kindness in giving me this help.
Mrs. Anita Hudec

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