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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: cha robin <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:28:26 +0100
Subject: Dearest Beloved One,

Dearest Beloved One,I know you may be surprise in getting this message from me due to the fact that you don't know me before. I decided to contact you with the hope to get a favourable assistance. My name is Madame Charllotte Robinson .I lost my husband few years ago to death.Before his death, he deals on cocoa and coffee business and also was a politician here in my country until he met his sudden death. I inherited the sum of US$ 8.700.000.000 USD Million from him. Presently, I have a big problem now with my husband's brothers .AFter Few years of my husbands death,My Doctor told me that it is very likely i will die within the next 3 months due to A Blood cancer {Lukameia}. My husbands brothers now knowing my condition qnd stqte of health wanted to confiscate all the wealth and landed properties which he left behind for me.The above sum was the only thing I was able to secure among all his properties.Because of their pressure and fear that they might discover the existence of this fund, I hide it quickly because my hunband depoist it in the securite company.befor he dieFor security reasons, the money was was declared as family valuables and depoited in a Suspence Account to prevent any with drawal from the money by any local beneifary. I am sending you this message because I don't have any trust on my husband's brothers and my country where the fund is deposited is presently in civil war.This is giving me sleepless nights. I am therefore soliciting for your assistance to help me secure the transfer of the money to your country so that the funds can be invested promptly. If you agree to help me, we shall negotiate on what will be your compensation for this noble assistance.After the death of my husband, his brothers started treating me like a prisoner. They forced me to release all his banks information and other important documents.But i did not release this very one information concerning this money to them as they do not know about it either. They did not stop there; they are monitoring my movements till today to extent that I can not go out freely nor answer or make telephone calls. They can only give me foods and shelter and nothing else.I can understand that with such treatment, their plan is to do away with my life so that they can feel comfortable with what they snatched from me. It is because of this problem that I decided to contact you for a help to rescue me from this ugly situation before I die here.Apart from this money , I don't have any other thing in my life today. My financial situation is completely zero. Upon receipt of your response, I will send you the contact of the securite company so that you can open up communications with them as my foreign partner who wants to help me secure thetransfer of this money to your country.You will ask them to transfer the money to directly to your country.I have with me all the documents covering this money with me and i will send them to you once i hear from you.When this is successfully done and the funds under your custody, I will secretly arrange my escape from here to join you so that we can work on the funds investment. I am counting on you to save my life because I have a very serious problem now.please send this information to me immedatelt you reciver the mailYOU NAME YOU AGE YOU PHONE AND FAX YOU ADDEREESYOU CONUTRYSincerely yours,Madame Charllotte
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