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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: "sans frontieres" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2006 10:23:53 +0000
Subject: Good day!

Good Day,

I am writing you in respect of the GLOBAL relief agency Medicins Sans
Frontieres Charity Organization reimbursement donors’ campaign worldwide.

The Organization is refunding back to donors their money out of the
surplus 83 million euros; they want to return to all donors who refused the
Charity's offer to redirect their donations to lower profile cases like
Sudan or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Please check the web link below for more information:,5478,15250454%255E1702,00.html

I am soliciting for your kind co-operation, to act as one of those that
have donated funds to this charity organization and would want his/her fund
return back to him/her so that part of this surplus 83 million euros will be
reimbursed to you for us to share.

Upon your acceptance, reply me through my personal mailbox:
( for details. And I will send you backing
documents issued to those who donated to victims of tsunami through MSF to
enable the Organization reimbursed you with part of these surplus funds they
are returning. In regards to your agreement with me, I will inform you of
your percentage for your assistance.

Best Regards,
Robert Oliver Anderson
Account Officer,
Medicins Sans Frontieres Charity Home.


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