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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Rachel M. Plowman" <>
Reply-To: "Rachel M. Plowman" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:35:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: REPLY

Dear beloved friend,

I know that this letter may be a very big surprise to you, I am giving you my trust and wish you will give me back the trust i have given you . I believe that you will be honest to fulfill my final wish before I die.

I am Mrs Rachel M. Plowman from New Zealand, I am 53 years old, I am suffering from a long time cancer of the throat. From all indication my condition is really deteriorating as I can not be able to talk or speak, and my doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond the next Six months, this is because of the cancer stage has reached a critical stage. I was brought up in a motherless baby's home and was married to my late Husband for twenty years
without a child.

My Husband and I are true Christians, but quite unfortunately, he died in a Motor accident, so i could not hear the cry of child in my house Since his death I decided not to re-marry, I sold all my belongings and deposited all the sum of $10.2 million dollars with a bank in Cote D'Ivoire where we worked in the oil company and lived for more than 18 years.

Presently, this money is still in their custody and the management just wrote me as the Legitimate beneficiary to come forward to receive the Deposit after keeping it for so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over as a result of my illness, Presently,I'm with my hospital laptop where I have been under-going treatment. I have since lost my ability to walk about or do anything by myself and my doctors have told me that I have only few months to live.

It is my last wish to see that this money is invested in any business of your choice and the gain made every year or 6 months as the case may be, distributed each year among the charity organization, the poor and the motherless baby's home where I come from.

I want your good humanitarian, to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows around and 20% for you , I must let you know that this was a very hard decision, but I had to take a bold step towards this issue because I have no further option.

In your reply, i will like you to send to me your contact information such as your full name, your address, your telephone and fax number. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank. I will also issue a letter of authorization to the bank, which will prove that you are the new beneficiary of my funds. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I have stated herein.

Hope to hear from you soonest

Awaiting your reply
Yours Sincerely
Mrs Rachel M. Plowman.

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