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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: "Abigail Herbert" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:37:25 -0700
Subject: Hello Beloved

Hello Beloved,

Good day to you, I'm very sorry to have disturbed you with my Proposal. I don't really know you but God knows you better and he knows why he has directed me to you at this point in time.

My name is Abigail Herbert, I'm 24 years old girl, from England, studying and doing a part time job. I'm the only daughter of my late parents. My beloved mother died of Pancreatic cancer and I lost my Dad 9 months after on auto crash.

Before the death of my father, he willed part of his Real Estate Business, Gas Stations and a total sum of ?50,700,000.00(Fifty Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) to me. After the death of parents, things became hard for me, paying school fees, putting food on the table and taking care of my other needs. I went to the bank where my late father deposited the fund on my behalf to with-draw some money in other to pay for my school fees and other bills.

But I was shocked when the Bank Manager explained to me that I will not be able to with-draw from the deposited money, because my father had put a clause on the Will, which he used in depositing the fund, saying that before I will be given access to the money, I will either have to be 30 years old or if only I get married before the age of 30 , in which case, my husband will be legible to collect the money on my behalf by standing in as my late father’s next of kin to claim the deposited fund.

Today I am only 24. And I have no access to the money till I'm 30 years. So, I'm contacting you to stand as my husband to claim this fund on my behalf and in case if you are married, you can still help me by standing in as my late father's next of kin to the deposited fund. So, please get back to me if you are willing to assist me.

Please remember that I'm writing this email to you purely on the ground of trust so we can achieve this deal together.

God Bless You,
Abigail Herbert.

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