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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: "Lady Rebecca Thatcher "
Date: 19 May 2017 15:03:39 +0100

From: Lady Rebecca Thatcher.
No:38-41 Old Church Street, Manchester,
London England.

Beloved,i am Lady Rebecca Thatcher, suffering from cancerous
ailment. I was married to Sir Jeremy Thatcher an English shipping
tycoon notable for his great wealth, influential extended family,
and charitable activities all his life before his death.My
husband died after a protracted illness in April 2nd, 2006.Our
life together as husband and wife lasted for about six decades
without a child.My late husband and I made a vow to uplift the
down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals in the society,
as we both had passion for those people who can not help
themselves due to physical disability or financial predicament. I
can adduce this to the fact that we both needed a Child from this
relationship, which never came.When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of Twenty Million Pounds Sterling(20,000,
000.00 GBP) which were derived from his vast estates and
investment in capital market with his bank here in UK and named
me as the beneficiary of this trust fund.(all records are kept
with my family lawyer).

Presently, this money is still with the Bank. Recently, my Doctor
told me that I have limited days to live, due to the cancerous
problems that i have been suffering from. Though what bothers me
most is the stroke that I have in addition with the cancer.
Hence, With this hard reality that has befallen my family and me,
I have decided to donate this fund to you and i want you to use
this gift which comes from my Late husbands effort to establish a
charity home called "Thatcher Charity Foundation" for the upkeep
of the down-trodden and persons who prove to be genuinely
handicapped financially.I took this decision because I do not
have any child that will inherit this money and my husband
relatives are bourgeois are very waealthy persons and I do not
want my husband's hard earned money to be misused or invested
into ill perceived ventures. Also i do not want a situation where
this funds will be used in a worldly manner, hence the reason for
taking this bold decision.

I do not need any telephone communication in this regard due to
my deteriorating health and because of the presence of my husband
relatives around me, as i am currently bedridden in the Family
house here in 38-41 Old Church Street, Manchester and do not
receive any visitors unless approved by Talmund Thatcher who is
the immediate younger brother to my late husband.I do not want
them to know about this development in order to safegurad this
bequeast.So, i want you to Contact my family lawyer Barrister
Matthew penny. (ESQ) with this specified email address: and Tell him that I have WILLED the
£20,000,000 to you by quoting my personal reference number
Law/chamber/solicitors/rt/cfd/WILL/9834520012, as I have earlier
notified him that I will be WILLING the funds to you for a
specific purpose and good work.My happiness is that I lived a
life worthy of emulation, and i want you to be kindhearted all
through your life.Please, assure me that you will act just as I
have stated herein. as i hope to hear from you soon that you have
contacted my family lawyer with the email address that i have
given to you above, as he is presently waiting to receive your

Remain blessed,
Lady Rebecca Thatcher.

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