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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. Shirley" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:13:10 -0800
Subject: Await your prompt response

From: Mrs. Shirley Perez Fosgate
Address: 11 Temple Drive Greenmeadows
Subdivision 8510 Quezon City
Metro Manila Philippines.
Good day Dear,
I got your esteemed contact during my comprehensive research for a reliable and trustworthy individual in your country.
I am Mrs. Shirley Perez Fosgate the wife of Late Mr. Abraham Fosgate from Philippines,  My husband worked with the Central Bank Of Philippines for ten years before he died in the year 2012. We were married for twenty-seven years without a child. My Husband died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of  5,900,000.00 Euro (Five Million Nine Hundred Thousand Euro) with the HSBC BANK UK.
Presently, this money is still with the bank and the management just wrote me as the next of kin to come forward to sign for the release of this fund only know to me and my late husband or rather issue an authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I cannot come over.
Unfortunately, Im aged and in the adult foster home here in Philippines where I have been given utmost care and love. I have lost my ability to talk clearly and my doctors have told me that I have only few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to any charitable organizations anywhere in the World. Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them.
Please will you utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein,   I want you to take 10% of the total money for your personal use. And 5% shall stand to settle any other expenses that may be incurred in the course of executing the transaction, while the remaining 85% of the money will go to charity people in the street without home, helping the orphanage and less-privileged once.
Please i don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my soundless voice and present condition. So please kindly send me only E-mail here:  (
As soon as I receive your response I shall give you the contact of my late husband Attorney who is in Europe as he will be the one to assist you in laying claims for this money.
Your prompt response will be highly appreciated, Thank you.
Yours truly,
Mrs. Shirley Perez Fosgate.

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