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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: "MRS MARIA BEJES" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <bejesbejes54@aim.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 08:30:53 +0200
Subject: JOB PROPOSAL FOR YOU

Dear Beloved,
How are you.I hope this email will meet you good heaith
My name is Mrs. Maria Bejes I am a dying woman who has decided to donate
what I have to charities through you. You may be wondering why I chose
you.But someone has to be chosen. I am 59 years old and was diagnosed
forcancer about 2 years ago, after the death of my husband who had left me
everything he worked for. I have been touched by the Lord to donate from
what I have inherited from my late husband to charity through you for the
good work of humanity, rather than allow my relatives to use my husband's
hard earned funds inappropriately.
I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the
task is accomplished, as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last
wish, due to the fact that I do not want relatives or family members
standing in the way of my last wish. If you ready to carry on this task
reply to: email address:bejesbejesn@aim.com

God bless you and your family.
Mrs.Maria Bejes
PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE/FAX NUMBER ON YOUR REPLY
FOR EASY AND IMMEDIATE COMMUNICATION WITH MY CONSULTANT.Reply me via this
email address:bejesbejesn@aim.com



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