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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.Teresa Hudson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:32:21 +0100


Dear beloved,

After going through your profile I decided to contact you for friendship and
assistance and distribution of my inheritances have to say that I have no
intentions of causing you any Pains so I decided to contact you through this
medium humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance
and immense benefit and also sincerely seek your confidence, as I make this
Proposal to you as a person of integrity. I got your contact through Network online internet
search in my personal search for a reliable and reputable individual to handle
a very confidential transaction which involves the transfer of $7.5Million US
Dollars to a foreign account and I decided to write you. As you read this, I
don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I Believe everyone will die

My name is Mrs.Teresa Hudson I am a dying woman who have decided to
donate What I have to you/ church/charity Organizations. I am 64 years old and I was
diagnosed with esophageal Cancer for about 7 Years ago, I am married to Sir
Gerald Hudson who worked with British Judicial Commission in Chelsea England
for over a decade before he died on 5th of July in the year 1993. We were
married for fifteen years without a child and he has left me everything he
worked for.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared For
anyone. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to
people and only focus on my self as that was the only thing I Cared for. But
now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just
wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God
gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different
way from how I have lived it. Now that I know My time is near I have been
touched by God to donate from what I have Inherited from my late husband for the good work of
God, rather than Allow my relatives to use my husband hard earned funds

So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E,
London and Ireland. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do
this my self any more. I once asked members of my family to Close one of my
accounts and donate the money, which I have there to Charity organization in
Bulgaria; they refused and kept the money to themselves.

Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended With what
I have left for them. The last of my money which is the huge Cash deposit that
I have with Financial Firm Abroad .I will want you to Help me collect this
deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations And let them know
that it is me Mrs.Teresa Hudson that is making this Generous donation.

I am writing this from my laptop computer in my hospital bed where I wait for
my time to come. I pray that God uses you to support and assist me with good
heart Please pray that the good Lord forgives 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 few days. I decided to WILL/donate the money
to you for the good work of the lord, And also to help the motherless and less
privilege and also for the Assistance of the widows according to (JAMES 1:27).

I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit This
money and my husband relatives are not inclined to helping poor Persons and I
do not want my husband's hard earned money to be misused Or spent in
the manner in which my late husband did not specify. At the moment I cannot take any
telephone calls right now due to the Fact that my relatives are around me and
my health status. I wish you All the best and May the good Lord bless you
abundantly, and please use The funds well and always extend the good work to

I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and The nature of
your business does not necessarily matter. For your assistance, I am offering
you 20% of the total sum for your good will assistance, 75% is for the charity
work & 5% will be Mapped out for any expenses that may incure during
the course of this transaction. Finally, all I demand from you is assurance that you will
not sit on this Funds when it finally gets to your personal or company's
account in your Country. If this proposal is acceptable by you, please confirm
your interest via Email and I shall forward for your perusal any documentation
to satisfy you That this project is Legitimate.

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until
the task is accomplished as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last
wish. And Also I will be contacting with you by email as I don't Want my relation or
anybody to know because they are always around me.

Mrs.Teresa Hudson

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