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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: Nic Wood <>
Reply-To: Nic Wood <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:32:29 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Will/Donation

 Good morning dear,
I hope this message finds you in good spirit, but I hope this Mail from me won't ruin your day. It has been chaotic in my life recently, as I am at the tip end of my life. My name is Nickael Wood from Chesterland, Geauga County, Ohio. I am 62 years old Parkinson diagnosed widow for about ten years and now, writing you with the available made computer to my bed in St, Bartholomew’s hospital London. We made this decision on the days of my late husband for the charity foundations. I really wish I had the opportunity to meet you before now.

I will be going in for surgery today at 4:15PM. Before the death of my husband, we decided to donate the sum of (nine million, seven hundred thousand dollars) US$9,700,000.00 deposited in fix deposit with WAB plc to you for the care and benefit of the charities and less privileged in America and Asia, in view of our dream for building/extending our grace house charity foundation. After deducting your expenses, a 50% of the money to your family and the next 50% to the listed charities.
I am terrified by the fear of loosing my life and my late husband's family has taking everything me and my husband has labored for. I secretly made this fix deposit with WAB in year 2010 which they know nothing about. I have a very little chance to surviving according to my neurologist. This is a part of my "LAST WILL". My family lawyer has the original writing “will” and deposit details with WAB. He is in the position of helping you gain the probate grant from the probate court in Benin Republic where I wrote my WILL and get the money transferred to you. I trust him to give you the best service. Please give him your good attention. He is Barrister Wayne McCarty. His email:

or call: (00229)-6855-2786

Email him with your address and contact Tel/Mobile number using my private reference number LWT434/7388/NTW. He will be able to recognize you once you contact him with the above details and help you in getting the money from my bank. I sincerely hope that this decision will be fulfilled by the trust and confidence I have in you.
Very Kind regards,
Mrs. Nickael Wood

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