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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: Mr bernard Boey <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 09:31:02 -0800 (PST)

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- RE: DONATION FOR CHARITY/LESS PRIVILEGED;My name is Bernard Boey a merchant in Malaysia, I worked with Zambian Ministry of Mining and Resources for eight years as a contractor, I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer .It has defiled all forms of medical treatment,I am very worried as the doctors have informed me that its terminal. I don't know how much time I have left on earth, hence this mail to you. I have not particularly lived my life well, as I never really cared for anyone but my ! business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as.I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends.I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul hence, I decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the Malaysia , Algeria and U.A.E. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and ! distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bu lgaria and Pakistan , they refused and kept the money to themselves.Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be content with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of $10.5000,000,00 that I have with Vault of a financial institution in Europe for Safekeeping. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to Charity Organizations. 25 percent for your time and efforts and 75 percent of the total amount among the Mudslide Earthquake Victims in Asia , Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Wilma and for the less rivileged, as you will be responsible for Charity Organizations and other activities. So i need your urgent reply so that I will not have to go on sourcing for a credible person to handle this project, please if this is what you Know that you can handle kindly respond back to me with the information below.(1) Your Full Name(1) Contact Address(3) Phone And Fax NumberGod be with ! you.Mr.Bernard Boey Note: I will also want you to send your reply to this email( as soon as you get this mail to enable us discuss on the modalities and processes for success of this transaction.

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