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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: n v <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 13:20:47 +0100
Subject: Good day To You.

Good day To You. As new brand day has come, I give God all the glory and I return all the praises to him, Where there is life, there is hope. No dream is gone untill death cometh. I must confess that it is with great joy and enthusiasm that I am writing you this mail which I know and believe by faith that it must surely find you in good condition of health. My name is Nenita Vilarran , 69 years old lady living in Manlina Philippines my home country . One is not bound to have all the joys in life. You may have everything in life but there are still those things which one may needed that seems very common to others and yet it kepts on giving hard times. Everyone has his or her own share of pains to bear in life. I've got mine and you've got yours.But we need to lean on each other to keep life smooth going. I need an honest man or woman trust worthy and God fearing. I have a deposit which my late husband made with a finance company. Now the Finance Company has called me to come forward to claim the deposit but,due to my state of health I can not be aqble to travel out side my Country and with my age so, I now want you to assist me to claim the deposit which contains the total sum of US$22M which we can invest in your Country into good business. I will be very happy to offer 35% of the total sum in the trunk as soon as the company delivered the trunk to your address which they will carry out as soon as the consignment is change to your favour. Hoping to hear from you. Regards, Mrs Nenita Vilarran.
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