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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:

Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:54:52 +0900 (JST)


to you. I am sure this mail would reach you in good health and i
believed this will be coming to you as a surprise since we have never
met before and you

would also be asking why I have decided to
choose you amongst the numerous internet users in the world, precisely I
cannot say why I have chosen you but do not be

worried for I
come in peace and something very positive is about to happen to your
life right now and to the lives of others through you if only you can
carefully read

and digest the message below. The internet has
made the world global villages where you can reach anybody you have not
met before. I saw your profile on the Internet,

which has made me accomplish my request. May the almighty God bless and see you through with this mission.
I move further, permit me to give you a little of my biography, I am
Mother Mrs MARIE - THERESE FANKHAUSER, 68Years old woman and the wife of

STALDER   who died in a Plane crash on the October 26, 2007 GMT 14:22
while they were flying from Manila to Butuan CitY for a business trip.
After the death of my husband I became the Head of his investment and
now that I am

old and weak I have decided to spend the rest of my
life in my Ranch before i finally leave the world, but before the death
of my husband we had a plan to use the last

days of our lives to
donate half of what we have worked for to the less privilege and
charity homes and the other half for ourselves, family members and close

and it is so unfortunate that my husband is not alive
today to do this with me and I am very weak and old now, hence I have
decided to do this philanthropic work on

behalf of my late husband.

I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charity homes
and to some of the less privilege in different countries. Despite the
agreement between

my late husband and I to give aid to the
deprived, we also agreed to render support to an individual we have not
meet before in life due to the fact when we were still

young in
life we receive an anonymous help from an individual we did not know and
which we have not being able to know till date, the impact we got from
such gesture

made us to do same.

I was diagnosed of cancer
problem. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of
(£2,000,000.00) in our fixed deposit account in a Bank in London,

the fund is still with the Bank. Recently my doctor
confirmed to me that i have pancreatic cancer and that I have just some
couple of weeks to live. Having known my

condition i decided to
donate this money a trustworthy individual that will utilize this money
the way I am going to instruct herein,

Remain blessed in God. Yours Sister

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