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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: ftnDonald Anderson <>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 15:31:51 +0200
Subject: 5th may 2006 Please I need your assistance please. xfrn

my email: .
My dear beloved one,
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday. My
name is
Donald Anderson, a merchant in U.K.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer .
It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live,
according to medical
experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself)but
my business.
Though I was very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my
business as that was the
only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to
have or make
all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world,I would
live my life a
different way from how I have lived it.
Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate
and extended family
members as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so I have
decided to give also to
charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have
distributed money to
some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so
badly, I cannot do this
myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the
money which I have there to
charity organizations in Asia and U.K, they refused and kept the money to themselves.
Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.
The last of my money
which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of twelve million dollars $12,000,000.00 that I have with
a finance institution
in Europe. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatche it to charity organizations.
I have set aside 20% for you once you do this for me.May the Lord be with you.Please reach me through
my personal email address of: . Please remember to keep this known to
yourself alone and I for now,as I am doing this as a contribution to life on earth.I will also appreciate if you
provide me with your contact mobile and home phone numbers,so that i can call you and put you through
the whole process.I will really appreciate your quick response.
Stay Blessed,
Donald Anderson.


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