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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:

From: "Macido Ford" <macidoford1@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: macidofords@sify.com
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 04:03:15 -0800
Subject: help from you

FROM MRS MARY FORDS,
MALAYSIA.

NEED A GODLY PERSON WHO CAN
HANDLE US$21M PROJECT IN A
CHARITY HOME.

ATTN.Ulrich Maas
I AM MRS MARY WALKER,THE WIFE OF LATE MR EL ZARAH SANTOS. I AM A WIDOW AND
HAVE NO CHILD ALSO ON A SICK BED FACING CANCER OF THE BREAST WHICH HAS
LASTED FOR 9 MONTHS NOW.

BEFORE THE DEATH OF MY HUSBAND HE DEPOSITED US$21M IN A SECURITY COMPANY
OUT SIDE MALAYSIA WITHOUT LETTING ANY OTHER PERSON KNOW EXCEPT ME THE
WIFE,HE MADE THIS MONEY WHEN HE WAS WORKING
WITH THE MALAYSIAN CENTRAL PRINTING AND MINTING COY. AND THE MONEY WAS
PACKED IN A DIPLOMATIC BOX AND MOVE THE SAME WAY DIPLOMATIC TO A SECURITY
COMPANY FOR SAFE KEEPING AND TO AVOID HIS COMPANY NOT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS
MONEY.

I AM 59 YEARS NOW AND I AM IN THE LORD BECAUSE ,I WANT WHO WILL GO AND
CLEAR THE CONSIGNMENT OUT FROM THE SECURITY COMPANY AND USE THE MONEY TO
SET UP A CHARITY HOME AND ALSO ASSIST CHURCHES ,WHO CAN HANDLE THIS MONEY
VERY WELL, I CAN NOT WALK NOW AND I CAN GIVE UP ANY TIME SO I WANT THIS
MONEY TO BE OUT NOW SINCE I HAVE INFORMED THE SECURITY COMPANY ABOUT MY
CONDITION AND SAID THAT ANY PERSON I APPOINT AS MY REPRESENTATIVE SHOULD
COME WITH A LETTER OF AUTHORISATION FROM ME FOR THE CLEARING OF THE
CONSIGNMENT.

NOTE THAT THE SECURITY COMPANY DOES NOT KNOW THAT THE CONTENT OF THE
CONSIGNMENT IS MONEY ,THEY KNOW IT AS A FAMILY TREASURE SO IS ONLY I AND YOU
THAT KNOWS THE CONTENT OF THE BOX.. YOU CAN SET UP THE CHARITY HOME ANY
PLACE OF YOUR CHOICE INCLUDING YOUR COUNTRY,AM IN THE HOSPITAL NOW SO I
WANT GOD TO TAKE GLORY BEFORE I DIE,SO I WANT THIS MONEY TO BE USED IN THIS
WAY SO TAKE IT AS YOUR OWN AS SOON AS YOU CLEAR IT, YOU PAY IT INTO YOUR
ACCOUNT AND DEDUCT ANY EXPENCES YOU MADE IN PROCESS OF GETING THIS OUT
INCLUDING YOUR TELEPHONE BILL,,I WANT YOU TO START THE PROJECT SOON,DUE TO
MY HEALTH MY DOCTOR PLACED A KIND OF BED REST ON MY COMMUNICATION LIMIT.

AWAITING FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY.

THANKS AND GOD BLESS.

FROM MRS MARY FORDS


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