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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: Anna Blair <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:54:16 +0000

My Dear Friend,

Let me first of all inform you, I got your email
address from a mail Directory and decided to mail you for a permission
to go ahead. I am Mrs. Anna Blair from United Kingdom, married to Dr.
Anthony R. Blair who worked with Texaco Oil Company in Malaysia before
he died in a plane crash on his way to a Board meeting. My Husband and I
were married but without any children. Since his death I decided not to
re-marry and presently I am 79 Years old. When my late husband was
Alive he deposited the sum of $11.5M. (Eleven Million Five Hundred
Thousand U.S. Dollars) with a Bank.

Presently this money is still
with the Bank and the management just Wrote me as the beneficiary to
come forward to receive the money or rather Issue a letter of authority
to somebody to receive it on my behalf. I am presently in a hospital
where I have been undergoing treatment Cancer of the lungs. I have since
lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a
few months to live so I think the best thing to do is to use the money
for charity purposes.

I want a person who is trustworthy that I
will make the beneficiary of my late Husband's Fund deposited with the
bank so that the person can get the money and utilize 70% of this money
to fund churches, orphanages and widows around the world.

As soon
as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact details of the
Bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as
the new beneficiary of this fund.Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I stated here in and Keep this contact confidential till
such a time this funds get to your Custody. This is to ensure that
nothing jeopardizes my last wish on Earth.

I await your urgent reply.

Mrs. Anna Blair

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