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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:

Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 23:19:04 +0100
Subject: Dearest In Christ:

Please accept my sincere apology if my email does not meet your business or
personal ethics. I am Mrs.Judith Shumejda, I am 65 years old,a widow to the
late Mr.John Shumejda who was the President of agricultural equipment giant
AGCO Corp,who perished on the 4th of January 2002 in a plane crash in

Please View the Website below:

After going through some files of my late husband,I discovered a Deposit
Certificate of (Fifteen Million Pounds) with a Bank,due to my sickness,I
have not been able to claim this fund from the Bank as I have been in the
hospital suffering from a protracted cancer of the lungs.

I am contacting you based on trust to present you to the Bank as the Next
of Kin to my Late Husband's fund,since I cannot claim this fund myself now
and I may not live beyond next six-eight months according to my Doctor,but
I have faith in God that I will live more than the months my doctors said
by God grace. Presently,I'm with my laptop in the hospital where I have
been undergoing treatment in Liverpool.

Please! Please!! Please...!!!

Your help is needed to avoid this money being diverted to the Government of
the UK as an unclaimed fund, Imagine somebody who had no child. I have
nobody taking care of me here in the Hospital,and the money I have now is
limited. The £15 Million is only hope to continue my treatment here in the
Hospital,and hopefully by God grace I will survive, If you will be so kind
as to be of help,You are entitled to 40% of the total money 20% for
charities and 40% for me and my family lawyer.

Therefore, i will advice you forward the following information to me on
this address {} so that i will forward it to my
family lawyer and he can validate you as the "Next Of Kin" to this funds:

1.Your Full Names

2.Mobile Phone Number



5.Marital Status

6.Company's Name & Address

7.Name Of Your Next Of Kin.


9.Country Of Origin

10.Copy Of Driver's License

This information will help my lawyer enable you to be the beneficiary of
this funds. Your assistant will be highly appreciated.

Thanks and God bless.

Mrs.Judith Shumejda.

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