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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: "CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS" <info@charitableorganisationsonline.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 19:12:56 +0000
Subject: CENTRAL BUREAU FONDSENWERING

DENNIS PLATT(MR.)
CENTRAL BUREAU FONDSENWERING
THE HAGUE,NETHERLAND.

DEAR SIR

RE:FUND TO INVEST IN CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS IN YOUR
COUNTRY TOTALLING
FIFTEN MILLION EUROS(EUROS 15,000,000.00 ONLY)
I am a director in a non profit organisation known as
CENTRAL BUREAU
FONDSENWERING in THE HAGUE,NETHERLAND.
We came across your email address when we organised a
random balotting
lottery in search for a reputable,capable individual
or organisation
in your country that would manage the funds
prudently.As a result,your
name was selected.
As it is ou annual tradition in assisting mankind for
a better living
condition and world peace,my organisation has approved
the sum of fifteenn
million euros only(EUROS 15,000,000.00) this year as a
NON RE-PAYABLE
Fund to be given to you to invest in charitable
organisations in your
country.Upon the release of this funds to you,we will
send an agent to your
country to monitor the impact made to charitable
organisations on a
periodic basis.
If you are ready to obtain the funds as stated
above,kindly e-mail to
me your telephone and fax numbers.I will inform you of
next step on the
process of securing the funds.
I await your prompt reply which should be sent to the
following Email:info@charitableorganisationsonline.com
BEST REGARDS,
DENNIS PLATT,
(DIRECTOR)
CENTRAL BUREAU FONDSENWERING
THE HAGUE,NETHERLAND



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