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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 10:02:05 -0800
Subject: Respond!!!

US$ 13 million dollar


Dear Friend,

My name is MRS LOI E. ESTRADA ,The wife of Mr. JOSEPH ESTRADA, the formerPresident
of Philippines

located in the South East Asia.

My husband who was impeached from office by a backed uprising of mass demonstrators
and the Senate.

My husband is presently in jail and facing trial on charges of corruption,
embezzlement, and the

mysterious charge of plunder which might lead to death sentence.The present
government is forcing my
husband out of manila to avoid demonstration by his supporter.

During my husband's regime as president of Philippine, I realized
some reasonable amount of money from various deals that I successfully executed.

I have plans to invest this money for my children's future on real estate
and industrialproduction.
My husband is not aware of this because I wish to do it secretly for now..

Before my husband was impeached,I secretly siphoned the sum of $13,000,000
million USD (Thirteen
million United states dollars)out of Philippines and deposited the money
with a security firm that

transports valuable goods and consignments through diplomatic means. I also
declared that the

consignment was solid gold and my foreign business partner owned it.

I am contacting you because I want you to go to the security company and
claim the money on my

behalf since I have declared that the consignment belong to my foreign business
partner. You shall

also be required to assist me in investment in your country.

I hope to trust you as a God fearing person who will not sit on this money
when you claim it, rather

assist me properly, I expect you to declare what percentage of the total
money you will take for

your assistance.

When I receive your positive response I will let you know where the security
company is and the

payment pin code to claim the money which is very important.

For now, let all our communication is by e-mail
because my line are

right now connected to Philippines Telecommunication Network services. Please
also send me your

telephone and fax number. I will ask my son to contact you to give you more
details on after i have

received a response from

Thank you and God bless you and family.

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