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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. Juana Carlos" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 13:14:21 +0100

Dear Beloved,

I am Mrs. Juana Carlos UZUN 89 Years old woman and the wife of Late Sir Abbery Mendo Carlos UZUN who died in a Plane crash on Monday the 7th of September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they

were flying from New York to Geneva. Please see the website or google for more information

Before the death of my Husband we had a plan to use the last days of our lives to donate 90% of what we have worked for and inheritted to the less privilege, charity homes,family members, close friends and

a little for a complete stranger who we don't know, whom by translation a Neigbour, for every stranger is a Neigbour. My Husband did the best he could before he untimely, but God willed Death.

I deposited a Cheque in a dormant account in the sum of Nine Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand US Dollars with Lloyds Finance House Ltd and Internet Banking few months (9) ago to be transferred to

your own personal account when contacted by you, but due to my health issues, I was unable to contact you. I have paid for the Insurance Premium and Clearance Certificate Fee that comes with the account

type showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country, you might be ask to pay for the account activation fee, the account is currently dormant due to my health issues,

IF the bank ask you to pay for the activation fee, it will not cost more than $749 and all that is left for you to contact Lloyds Finance House Ltd and Internet Banking and activate the account for the Immediate

transfer of the money (your inheritance from me) with this information:

Contact Person: Dr. David Williams
Email Address:
Phone: +447031913055, +447031908478

When contacting the bank, do not forget to send them a copy of this email and also your personal contact information for verification and transfer of the said sum.

The Security Code to send to them is (SVT/0433/YK14), as soon as they see this code, you will be directed to the account manager assigned to handle my account whom will in turn, help you handle the

transfer process.

Due to my health status, this will be the last email you will get from me, I wish I could have sent this early or even get to know you more, but some of us have but little time to do just one thing and one thing


Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Juana Carlos UZUN

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