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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:00:27 +0530
Subject: Dear Friend.

I am Mrs.Games Blessing. I am childless and a widow. I am married to late Engr. James Garry of blessed memory who worked with British Embassy in SOUTH SUDAN for Twelve years and Die with the Primmest and some u.s Army, before he died in 2008. After the death of my husband, I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home. I fought against cancer with 4 years after his death, fibroid problems and hearing impairment as a result of drug reactions. We were married for Twelve years without children. He died after a short illness. Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last long in the next 6 months because of my illness with cancer.

My Husband including other top Military officers and top government officials had been on board when the plane crashed on Friday May 02, 2008.You can read more about the crash through the below site:

I have a deposit of $10.6 Million Dollars (Ten Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with a Bank. I want to invest these funds into charity and for widow and divorce.I HAVE RELATED THE ISSUED WITH WOMAN EMPOWERMENT AND FIFA.THIS ORGNIASTION ARE IN FACEBOOK TO GET MORE INFORMATION VISIT WOMAN ENPERYERMENT.WEB AND FACEBOK I.D
God Bless You.

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