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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: Donald Frank <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 08:58:18 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Indicate Your Intrest


You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not
know me personally, but for purpose of introduction, I am DONALD FRANK, From Benin Republic,18years old and the only son of MR. MARK FRANK a farmer by profession, who died two years ago in Auto, crash here in Spain. Before the death of my father, he had taken me to deposit the sum of eighteen Million United States Dollars (US$18 Million), with a security and finance company here in Spain, As if he knew he was going to die. This amount was made for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and establishment of a new farm in Scotland before his death. I have been trying to see who could assist me in collecting the money from the security finance Company as my Late father partner Abroad. I could have tell my mother to assist me to collect the (US$18 Million) for me but my mother and father has divorced before my father died and my father told me not to have anything to do with my mother I don't even want her to know because what my father told me before he died
was true, now that I stay with my mother she don't even have time for me all she do is to take hard drugs and to bring men to the house and she also hit me all the time. I don't want to have anything to do with her again, I just want some body that is old enough and honest to help me collect this money from the security finance company as I am too young to take care of sure amount. As the only child of my father. I am afraid of investing this amount of money by my self due to my age and it might jeopardize my academic carrier, so I seek your help as a foreigner to help me invest this money in your country in Hotel and Estate Management based on your advice or from experts in your country. I must let you know that this transaction is risk-free and the nature of your business does not necessarily matter. Therefore, if you accept to assist me, I am willing to offer 20% of the total sum for your assistance, 5% for any expense incurred during the process, while 75% will be use
to invest in areas of Hotel and Estate Management for me which you will be the chairman and director for now until I am old enough (finish my education) to handle the business.If this proposal is acceptable by you, please, send me your name and address, telephone and fax numbers and also your international passport or drivers license I will give you the contact information of the security finance company so that you can contact them. And note that I have all the necessary information for the claims; I am indeed the beneficiary to my late father Mr. PMR. MARK FRANK .
Waiting for your urgent reply.
God bless you,

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