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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: alice lacson <alice009968254@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <alice00319@yahoo.com.ph>
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 16:21:06 +0200
Subject: Hello Dear,



Hello Dear, My name is Alice Lacson,The wife of Mr.Panfilo Lacsonn a senator during president joseph Estrada regime in Philippine.who is receently killed in philippine. During my husband's regime as a senator,I realized some reasonable amount of money from various deals that I successfully executed and my buisness in the united state of which the Government has block most of my account in the bank of america,trying to leave me with nothing. well before my late husband was killed,I secretly put in a box the sum of $30,000,000 million USD (Thirty million United states dollars) and deposit it in a security company abroad. I am contacting you because I want you to help me in securing the money for the future of my children since the government now monitor all my movement. I hope to trust you as who will not sit on this money when you claim it.i will give you 15% of the total money for your assistance.if you are willing to help me,email me at(alice00319@yahoo.com.ph) Best regards Mrs Alice Lacson
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