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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: "JOE" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 18:54:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Remain blessed!

Dear friend,By way of introduction, I am Joe Larry Mbumba, born 20th December 1959, a native of Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo. I got your information while browsing the internet in search of a reliable person who will assist me. My late father was killed by his business associate in 2001, and after I married to my wife, we had a son which both of them were also killed in cold blood a year later, I'm now afraid of showing myself out to them (Business associates including members of my family) as all are trying to deny and kill me too, This is because after the death of my father, I inherited all his business and wealth. I was a Gold dealer in Kinshasa.Presently, I am suffering from long time cancer of the brain. From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than one year , because the cancer stage has gotten to a very Severe stage. Infact, my personal physician told me that I may not live for more than one
year and I am so scared about this. So, I now decided to divide part of this wealth, by contributing to the well being of less privileged people and handicapped in the society.This mission, which will no doubt be tasking had made me to recently re-locate from my family house to London where I live presently taking treatment due to the pressure my family members are giving me as they want to share the fund within themselves which I don't want.I selected you for this Purpose and prayed over it. At first, I did not know how to put up this request for asistance because I have been recieving emails from Africa soliciting my help in accomodating huge sums of dollars for them. I recive an average of 5 letters everyday.I suspect them to be scam from Africa. I feel I can trust you and I am willing to donate the sum of $14,000,000.00 (Fourteen Million US Dollars to you for the development of the well being of handicapped in the society and also as aids for the less privileged around
your Country, and I have mapped out $1,000,000.00 for your own personal use to help me for this work. Please note that, this fund is currently deposited with a reputable Bank in a Dedicated Secured Account(DSA).As soon as you have agreed to accept this responsibility, I shall issue to you all relevant supporting documents to facilitate a smooth transfer of this fund to an account you may nominate for this project. Please,do not reply this email if you have the intention of using this fund for personal use,than enhancement of the comfort of the handicapped.Lastly, I want you/your home to be praying for me as regards my entire life and my health because I have come to find out since my spiritual birth lately that wealth acquisition with out God, one's life is vanity upon vanity.I await your urgent reply,in this my private mailbox for safty joelarrys@yahoo.comRemain blessed!Joe Larry Mbumba.

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