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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: "Mr. marcel Bodgand" <marcell_mails1@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:16:16 +0000
Subject: DEAR BELOVED.. MY WISH!!!

DEAR BELOVED,
I AM MARCEL BODGAND,I AM 56 YEARS OLD. A CITIZEN OF ROMANIA, BUT
RESIDENT IN SOUTH AFRICA.
I WAS BORN AN ORPHAN AND GOD BLESSED ME ABUNDANTLY.
BUT I AM NOT A HAPPY MAN.I HAVE NO WIFE AND I HAVE NOCHILDREN.
AS AT NOW I AM SERIOUSLY SICK. I JUST CAME OUT OF THE HOSPITAL BACK TO MY
HOME .
I AM SUFFERING FROM LUNG CANCER AND I HAD PARTIAL STROKE WHICH HAS AFFECTED
MY SPEECH . I CAN NO LONGER TALK.AND HALF OF MY BODY IS PARALYSED. THE
DOCTORS
SAY I HAVE ABOUT 2 MOUNTHS TO LIVE.
I'M SENDING THIS E-MAIL TO YOU WITH THE HELP OF MY PRIVATE MALE NURSE
WHO IS TYPING MY REQUEST.
I HAVE LITTLE TIME SO I HAVE COMMITTED IT TO SPREADING MY WEALTH
TOWARDS BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR MANKIND.
IN THE HOSPITAL WHERE I AM ,I HAVE
GIVEN THE MANAGEMENT US$15 MILLION TO UPGRADE AND BUILD A NEW CANCER
RESEACH FACILITY.
I HAVE ALSO MADE SOME CASH DONATIONS TO ORPHANAGE CHILDREN HOMES IN
SOMALIA, ETHIOPIA,SUDAN,AND SOME IN SOUTH AFRICA.
I HAVE SUCCEDED IN SPREADING MY LIQUID CASH TOWARDS WELL DESERVED
MEANS.
MY SOUL IS HAPPY. WHAT I AM DOING GIVES ME JOY.
I AM NOW SHARING MYPROPERTIES AND VALUABLES.
THOUGH I DONT KNOW YOU, BUT I AM CONTACTING YOU WITH THE HOPE THAT YOU
WILL CARRY OUT MY WISH FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY.
I HAVE $8 MILLION DOLLARS (USD ) DEPOSITED WITH A SECURITY DEPOSIT
COMPANY IN EUROPE.
I WANT YOU TO TAKE CUSTODY OF SOME AMOUNT OF MONEY IN DOLLARS (USD )
AND USE IT TO BUILD AND OPERATE(YOU COULD LOOK FOR SOMEONE TO OPERATE IT IF
YOU ARE UNABLE TO) AN ORPHANAGE IN YOUR COUNTRY.
YOU WILL NAME THE ORPHANAGE MARCEL BOGDAN ORPHANAGE HOME. YOU MUST
FOLLOW MY
WISH FOR IT WILL GLADEN MY HEART.
PLEASE IF YOU ARE READY TO CARRYOUT MY WISH,
THEN SEND ME THIS INFORMATIONS.
[1]YOUR NAMES,
[2]YOUR PHONE AND FAX NUMBER,
[3]YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS,

MAY GOD GUIDE US. SEND YOUR REPLY ALONG WITH YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS ONLY TO
THIS EMAIL ADDRESS ;marcell_mail@yahoo.com
THANKS,
I AWAIT YOUR QUICK RESPONSE TO THIS MAIL.
MY WARM GREETINGS,
MARCEL BODGAND



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