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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: "Mr. X" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:07:51 -0300
Subject: I am Mrs. Cynthia Taber


I am Mrs. Cynthia Taber., 56 years old American, a widow to late Mr.John Turner,who perished on May 12 2010 in a plane crash that happened in Libya. Here is a link for your view:

After going through some files of my late husband, I discovered a Deposit Certificate of USD$10,5000,000.00(Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United states Dollars) with a Secure deposit company affiliated to a top bank.

Due to my sickness, I have not been able to claim the funds from them, as I have been in the hospital in Liverpool and my sickness continue getting worst. I am suffering from a protracted cancer of the lungs which has affected my doctors have courageously advised that I may not live beyond the next two months because the cancer has reached a critical stage.

I am contacting you based on trust and hope to present you to the secure deposit company as the Beneficiary and Bonafiede Inheritor to my Late Husband's fund, since I cannot claim this fund myself now and I may not live beyond next two months according to my Doctors.

If you will so kind to be of help, I will be very glad and only God will reward you for that. Upon the successful claiming/release of this fund to you as my next of kin, 20% of the total fund will be taken as your own share,while 80% will be used for Orphanage home and charities.

But,my Question is 'CAN I TRUST YOU? As a sick helpless woman can i put my hope on you that you will abide by my wish once the funds are released to you?
?If yes,please in your response send me the following information below to enable me validate you as the legal beneficiary of this funds to the Security Company.

(1). Full names:
(2). Contact address:
(3). Direct Telephone Number:
(4). Age:
(5). Occupation:
(6). Sex
(7). E-mail Address.

As soon as I receive your details, I will instruct the bank to contact you for immediate release of the funds to you.

Thanks and God bless.
Mrs. Cynthia Taber.

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