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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.pamela swanhelen" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.pamela swanhelen" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:45:10 +0000 (UTC)

Hello Dear,

Though this internet medium has been greatly abused, but I chose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest medium of communication.  However, this correspondent is unofficial and private. Please give me this little chance to explain myself to you, I would have loved to meet you in person before departing this mother earth but my illness continues to deprive me of the chance, but I know I am strong even if I die in the process of this operation I will still praise ALMIGHTY GOD for accomplishing my desire.

I am Lady Pamela H Swan, a widow to late Sir Thomas Swan. I am 63 years old suffering from chronic cancer of the lungs. From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I may not live more than two months after my next surgery in USA. My personal physician told me that I may not live for more than 2 months and I am so scared about it. I have no child of mine, even though I wish to have It is late now you know, since I cannot get married again, and age is no longer on my side. 

Psalms 119:116: Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live, and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

Psalms 138: 7: Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou will revive me......
psalms 41:1: Blessed is he that considereth the poor, the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

Two of my favorite verses: Philippians 2:27: For indeed he was sick nigh unto death, but God had mercy on him & that on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. (I always say this in my mind)

In view of this, I decided to donate all my life savings, combined with that  of my Late husband, which totals the sum of   $17,250,000.00USD (seventeen million and two hundred fifty thousand dollars) to you for humanitarian purposes by establishing a foundation in your country under our name, so as to immortalize the SWAN FAMILY. This money was deposited in a reliable bank in West Africa.

Presently, I have informed my Attorney about my decision in WILLING this fund to you, you are to get back to me immediately if you are interested in carrying out this task, so that I will instruct you on how to get in contact with my attorney and my account officer.

Lastly, I know I have never met you before, but in other to fulfill this which bothers me most, I prayed and fasted with my spiritual adviser, Rev. Fr. Henry Morgan and chose your address and my mind told me to inform you about this, It is also good to let you know that I shall bear the cost of transferring this fund to you, and I hope you act sincerely, please get back to me immediately with the following information:

Your full name________________
Your mobile number____________
Your age______________________
Your sex______________________
Your identification proof_____
Your occupation_______________
Your country and city_________

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 others  in case I do not survive this major operation I am about to undergo now, but all I need now is prayers.

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality and trust in this matter to accomplish my heart desire, as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. Always respond to me here (

Thanks and God bless you.

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