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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: helena lambert <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:30:05 +0000
Subject: Dear One

Dear One

Thanks so much for written to me, I am glad, now i will like to
introduce myself to you properly including my honest proposal to you.
My name is Mrs.boyata songo, 55 years old, A dying woman, who has
been diagnosed with 'esophageal cancer' 1 years after the death of my
husband Mr. Gilbert Lambert, a gold merchant who left me without a
child to inherit everything he owned!. My doctors have confirmed to me
precisely that i will not live long due to this deadly illness. I will
like to explain my proposal to you in full details. what i want you to
do for me now is for you to stand as a trustful partner to me and help
me to receive my late husband’s fund which he deposited in a private
security company in London, and the fund worth’s 5million Dollars. i
will personally put you in contact with accredited attorney and ask
him to prepare all the legal necessary papers in your name as the
rightful receiver/beneficiary of my late husband’s fund, to enable
them to transfer my late husband’s wealth to you over there in your
country legally and successfully for my desire purpose, as soon as you
receive the wealth of 5million dollars from the bank i will like you
to use some of the wealth to do the good work of humanity, to help the
motherless, less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows.

Thanks and best regards, I awaits for your immediate response,
Yours Sincerely,

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