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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: "Villaran Nenita" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 12:04:47 +0000
Subject: From Mrs

Good Day,

I am Madam Nenita Villaran a citizen of philippine, widow, and legitimate
heir to the late former Minister of finance who was assassinated for been
working with the ex-president Joseph .E in philippine.

I inherited a total sum of $12 million dollars from my late husband, The
presure from my decease husband's family for this money has compelled me to
leave Manila and have the money which is concealed in a metallic trunk box
is deposited with a security and finance company Cote d' ivoire under a
secret arrangement as a family treasure.

This means that the security company does not know the content of this box
that was shipped from the Philippine to Cote d' ivoire under a diplomatic
coverage. My purpose of asking for your assistance boil down to the fact
that I don't want my late husband's family to be aware or name involve, and
the deposit statement of the box authorized the company to make this box
avaliable for shipment on request only to my foreign bussiness
representative, though unname.
Hence I want you to contact the the security company as my bussiness partner
/ associate, after receiving the prove from me to enable the company release
the consigment to you diplomatically, while I join you on the arrival of the

I have recently paid all demurrage ,storage charges and the shipment fee,
all you need do is to help me contact the security company and introduce
yourself as my bussiness partner / associate ,requesting the shipment of the
box to your address which you will provide.

And as soon as Diplomatic shipping agent approved the shipment and tell you
the arrival date of the box then I will join you to give you 15% of the
money instantly before I go on with the proposed investment in your domain
provided is secured and investment friendly.

Please if you are interested and willing to represent me as my bussiness
partner / associate kindly write me as soon as possible.
I awaits your urgent response

Best wishes
Madam Nenita Villaran

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