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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: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 02:36:58 -0430
Subject: Your mail From Mebel Barinan
With a good heart I write this mail to you please do not feel
disturb. l am Mrs Mebel Barinan from Philippine . I am married to Mr. Rufi
Barinan who worked with Filipino embassy in Cote d'ivoire before he died in
the year 2007. We were married for twelve years without a child and finaly
he died on food poison. Before his death we live peacefuly in Cote
d'ivoire. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of
USD$3.4Million (Three million four hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) in one of
good security company here in Cote d'ivoire. Presently, this money is still
with the security company.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would
not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. Though what
disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition and I decided to
donate this fund to an individual that will utilize this money the way I am
going to instruct here according to my desire. I needed good partner that
will use this fund for the helping orphanages and widows.I took this
decision because I don,t have any child that will inherit this money and my
husband,s relatives are not good and never loved me for once through out my
marriage experience with my late husband. therefor,I don,t want my family
hard earned money to be misused by wicked men.
I don't need any
telephone communication in this regard because of my health as my Medical
Doctor advised and because of the presence of my family relatives around me
always. I don't want them to know about this development. As soon as I
receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the security company who
will assist you and work with you concerning the deposited money in the
My happiness is that I lived a life of a aged
mother. Any delay in your reply will give me room in looking for contact
for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act Accordingly as I
Mrs Mebel Barinan