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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: katesmith@katesmithcole.orangehome.co.uk
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 17:04:58 +0100 (CET)
Subject: READ AND HELP ME


READ AND HELP ME

Hello Friend.

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me because I believe everyone will die someday. My name is Peter Smith Cole, a merchant .
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 am 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 alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good Deeds I do on earth.
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 organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan; 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 $7m. (Seven million United States Dollars) that I have with a finance/Security Company in The Netherlands. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations I have mentioned above. I have set aside 10 % for you and for your time.
God be with you. please do reply to my private mail box:
petercole011@aol.com
Regards,
Peter Cole ( petercole011@aol.com )

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