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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.Juliana Brown " <>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 04:40:19 -0700
Subject: From:Mrs.Juliana Brown.

Dear Friend

Greetings,Please i am seeking for your assistance in fulfill my late
husband's last Wish/Will.My name is Mrs.Juliana Brown, from Northern
Ireland .My husband was into cocoa business in London for thirty two
years before he died in the year 2007. Presently,I am in a hospital in
Durblin (UK) undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer and recently,
my Doctor told me that I have a very short time to live due to this
Health problems.

Though what disturbs me most is my disability to move around because
of a partial paralysis. I and My Husband were married for twenty five
years without a child. Before my husband's death,he deposited (Twelve
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States of American Dollars)
US$12.500.000.00. In one international bank.During my husband's final
hours in his sick bed,he instructed me that the money should be used
for the less privileged in the society.Now,due to my health
condition,I would like you to help me accomplish the Wish Will of my
late husband by distributing this funds to charity after your have
received it since i am no longer in the position to accomplish it
because of my present health conditions. Please if you accept my
request,kindly get back to me immediately to enable me furnish you
with the details of this business and also inform you the next step
forward which will enable you receive this funds on my behalf as my
nominated representative.

Meanwhile,I am offering you % of the total funds for your assistance
so show your willingness by replying to me through this email address

Thanks and i await your reply.

From:Mrs.Juliana Brown.

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