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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: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:41:40 +0000 (UTC)

I am Barbara Cole, a'm 15 years old girl, I live in Bolton UK before my Dad passed away in a car accident 3 years ago, but a'm now living with my step Mum in Warrington. My mum died immediately she gave birth to me and my late Dad Mr.Norman Cole was a big business man in UK before he died in a car accident and I am the only child of my parent,he died 3 days after the incident and he Will all his life savings to me. I have been trying to collect the funds from the bank but the bank MD CEO refused he said I should present someone old enough so that they can transfer the funds to the person that I can’t be in control of the huge amount of funds because  I am still a teenage and it is against the UK law.

I could have told my step mum to assist me in collecting the funds from the bank but she is not a good woman my Dad warned me about her before he died and I now realized that what my Dad said about her was true because she doesn’t give me attention and she doesn’t care if I am sick or feeling well but all she does is to take hard drugs and bring different men to the house. I don’t want to do anything with her because If I get her involved in this issue she will use all the funds to take hard drugs. All I need right now is someone old enough and honest that will help me to collect my funds from the bank. I will not wait until i reach 18 years because what my step mum is doing me is not fair and i don't want her to Influence me with her bad life style because i want to live a better life.

I know we don’t know each other but please I need your help if you can assist me to collect the funds from the bank I will give you 50% of the funds and also you will help me to invest my 50% until I reach 18years.If possible i will be staying with you or you will get somewhere for me to stay until i reach 18 years old.

If you agree to help me I will send you my photo and other vital information so that you will know me and I will send you the contact of the Bank and tell you how much is the funds so you can contact them and I will inform the bank that you will contact them that you are the person that want to help me.

I will be waiting for your urgent reply so that I can send you the contact of the bank and other needed information. Please this letter has to be confidential and I need your 100% trust.I have already promised to give you half of the funds so please be honest with me.
If you are interested please reply me on:

Best Regards
Barbara Cole

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