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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 Leena Norpert <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 09:23:02 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Thanks and God Bless You

Dear Sir

Thanks for your e-mail,may the Almighty God meet you at the point of your need,i am very sory for my little delay,it was as a result of my illhealth.

When this my case came to this announcement from the doctors, I was challenged after watching a CNN news about Mr Buffett, an american rich man who donate about 84% of his whole wealth to the service of humanity and charity.

After watching the news, i asked myself a question. If a man that is healthy and have no sickness can do this kind of humanitarian service, how much more myself, who have been confirmed at the door post of death.

That was when i came to this decission to use the money my late husband left behind, to contribute to the service of charity and humanitarian service. And since i can not carry this out by myself, I decided to offer you the taskful service.

The truth is you are my hope for now and I want you to do everything possible to collect this deposited funds from the bank as soon as possible.

In your next reply,dont fail to include the following!

Full name
Marital Status
Country Origin
Home/Office address

The above information is needed for me to give you a power of attorney to act on my behalf while i will instruct my bank to transfer my account balance to any account you will give to them

I need your reply with full indication that you are ready to take up this responsibility on my behalf.

Yours in Christ
Mrs Leena Norpert

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