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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: victoria lee <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:54:44 -0700


My name is Mrs. Victoria Lee; I am a dying woman who has decided to
donate what I have to you/church. I am 59 years old and I was
diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer for about two years, immediately
after the death of my husband .

who has left me everything he worked for. He owned an import/export
company which operated in the UK, west Africa and in china I have been
touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late
husband to you for the good work of God, rather than allow my
relatives to use my husband hard earned funds ungodly, since we had no
kids to inherit them.

Please pray that the good Lord forgive me my sins. I have asked God to
forgive me and I believe He has because He is a merciful God.

I will be going in for an operation in less than a month and I'll want
you to stand as the beneficiary to the account of my late husband in
the United Kingdom and in Africa. Also to the motherless and less
privilege and also for the assistance of the widows.

You would be entitled to 20% of all the funds which are deposited in
bank/finance house in the United Kingdom and in Africa. The remaining
80% will be used to set up a foundation in my husband's name, which
will be used to help the less privileged. At the moment I cannot take
any telephone calls due to the fact that my relatives are around
Please contact my lawyers in charge of the funds in security finance
company and they will arrange the transfer of the funds from my
account to your preferred account as you would be the beneficiary to

Please ensured that you Contact my lawyer with,Barrister BEMI IRONE ,
with the specified Address:CHAMBERS OF BEMI IRONE Barrister BEMI IRONE
9 Bedford Row London WC1R 4AZ Phone:+447024014286 There are above 20,million Dollars
deposited in Global finance security company,
and City Bank of London and another branch in Africa. in the UK as
well as in Africa.

Please use your share of the funds well and always extend the good
work to others,Please tell my lawyer that I have asked you to reach
him.also you can email me back with my private email Address

God bless you


Victoria Lee

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