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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: nenita villaran <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 21:34:13 +0100
Subject: From madam Nenita Villaran

From madam Nenita Villaran
Dear in the lord
I am Madam Nenita Villaran-a citizen of philippine,widow, and legitimate heir to the late former Ministerof finance who was assassinated for been working withthe ex-president Joseph .E in philippine.
I inherited a total sum of 20 million dollars from mylate husband, The presure from my decease husband'sfamily for this money has compelled me to leave Manilaand have the money which is concealed in a metallictrunk box is deposited with a security and financecompany Cote d' ivoire under a secret arrangement as afamily treasure.
This means that the security company does not know thecontent of this box that was shipped from thePhilippine to Cote d' ivoire under a diplomaticcoverage.
My purpose of asking for your assistance boil down tothe fact that I don't want my late husband's family tobe aware or name involve, and the deposit statement ofthe box authorized the company to make this boxavaliable for shipment on request only to my foreignbussiness representative, though unname.
Hence I want you to contact the the security companyas my bussiness partner / associate, after receivingthe prove from me to enable the company release theconsigment to you diplomatically, while I join you onthe arrival of the box.
I have recently paid all demurrage ,storage chargesand the shipment fee, all you need do is to help mecontact the security company and introduce yourself asmy bussiness partner / associate ,requesting theshipment of the box to your address which you willprovide.
And as soon as Diplomatic shipping agent approved theshipment and tell you the arrival date of the box thenI will join you to give you 15% of the money instantlybefore I go on with the proposed investment in yourdomain provided is secured and investment friendly.Please if you are interested and willing to representme as my bussiness partner / associate kindly write meas soon as possible.
I awaits your urgent responseBest wishesMadam Nenita Villaran.
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