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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: Shirley Gilbert <>
Reply-To: Shirley Gilbert <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 01:11:40 +0900 (JST)


I am Miss Shirley Gilbert and i will want you to be kind with me. I inherrited an important some from my late Father. I wish to
request for your assistance in investing this sum in lucrative venture or manufacturing in your country. I have the sum of($5,5 USD) to invest in this transaction and I will require your assistance in receiving the fund in your account in your country. This is for
the fact that my father made an agreement with thé bank that i must provide à foreign partner that will assist me and i want to run away from this country so that my uncles will not get me to kill, because that has been their
wish so that they will claim all my father's properties as i am talking to you now i am not in my father's house.

Before his death he gave me all the necessary legal
documents to the deposit of the fund , I am 23 years old and a university undergraduate i was schooling in Germany after the  funeral burial of my late father my uncle invite me and my father's lawyer to read my father's will, so the lawyer told them that i am next of kins to all my father's properties since that day they are after my life they take away my passport and all the properties here in africa they said that woman have know reason to inherit father's property  the only thing left for me now is the  fund and I really don't know what to do. Now I want an foreign partner where I can transfer this funds and after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in your country. This is because I have suffered a lot of set back. The death of my Father actually brought sorrow to my life. I also want to invest the funds underyour care because I am ignorant of business world.

I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance
in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account?

Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Immediately I confirm your willingness, I will send to you  details about the bank where my late Father deposited the fund, so that you can reach them and confirm the existence of the fund as well, because seeing is believing.

I will be waiting for your immediate response.

Shirley Gilbert

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