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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: "Joseph Marraccino" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 05:44:03 -0700
Subject: I invite you to partner with me for progress and charity.

Hello Dear Friend
Please I want you to understand that this is not in any way related to what you might have heard or experienced therefore making you have doubts towards my email. this is for real and you will never regret it if only you can give this a true chance and benefit of the doubts. Overcome your doubts and fear and work with me for the sake of the downtrodden; Above all you have nothing to lose in trying to be part of a course for the downtrodden. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT OUT OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OUT THERE I CHOOSE TO CONTACT YOU.I have tried contacting you before and you declined this noble mission. Is obvious we donít know each other yet, but I'm fully persuaded that God wants us to work this out for the sake of the downtrodden. Meeting new people in our lives is a never-ending circle. You may think this is too good to be True, but I am telling you today that as God lives, this is for REAL.
I am Attorney Joseph Marraccino a Legal Practitioner representing Rev. Fr. FRANCISCO LORENZO, My late client was a 68 years Old Filipino Catholic Reverend Father who came to AFRICA in the 1945 with a black Missionary Rev. Sister; He left Philippines at the age of three(3), after The Japanese invading of the Philippines. He said the experience is cataclysm. However, he lived all his life here and owned an NGO which receives Financial Aid (Grant) from the United Nation and other conglomerates. He died of Asthma attack, and since then no one has come forward to claim this fund he deposited in a Bank here, which he intend to use in establishing a foundation for Charity homes and orphanage centers.
Also, Based on my relationship with my client, he informed me of some wonderful ideas he wants to embark on which was to build one or two  churches in the PHILIPPINES and alleviate the sufferings of typhoon victims, and also to less privileged homes around the world with this deposit of US$8.500.000.00 (US$8.5M) he made through a CODED account in his local bank here in Africa which he gave me the CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT to keep as his lawyer.
THE BANK Chairman and Members of the Board of Directors, had just started arrangement for the fund to be declared "Unclaimed" and subsequently be donated as trust fund for arms/ ammunition to further enhance the course of War in Africa for their selfish political interest/investment. In order to avert this negative development, I hereby need your cooperation in order to see that the WISH of my late client is actualized. I can never achieve this objective without a trustworthy partner and this is where you come in. However, I want to seek your consent to present you as my co-administrator of the fund in question for charity work in your country. As attorney to the deceased the responsibility to establish your relationship with me and my late client rest on me and to achieve this objective, you must give me and this noble mission a chance and benefit of the doubt. Also take note that this is 100% risk free and legal.
I am not pursuing this claim for the financial gain. It is a duty I owe to my late client who unfortunately was an orphan with no existing relatives and even as I intend to use part of the funds to establish a foundation in his name in the Philippines; notwithstanding you will be adequately rewarded for your assistance in this endeavor I have decided to offer you 30% of the said funds. Expecting to hear from you as soon as possible. while replying please include your direct reachable mobile phone so I can give you a call immediately for further details. For security reasons, send your reply via my direct email ONLY for Security reasons as follows:
I look forward to a mutually beneficial, rewarding  and honesty based partnership with you.
Remain Blessed
Joseph Marraccino

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