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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: "Ma Arlene Trillanes" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 04:29:57 -0600
Subject: Greetings From:Ma. Arlene Trillanes

Dear Partner,

I am Ma. Arlene Trillanes, a native
of philippine nationality. I would
like tohave a long lasting and confidant
relationship with you if possible
entrustingmy life time fortune into your

As now I am broken hearted and needs someone
to trust,without remembering my past and forsaken
experiences from close confidants and family.
I need someone who would take me for whom
I am and as a life time partner.well, from your
profile I believe in me that you ought to
be a very honest person. I would like to give you
a brief description of my life.

I am the sister of senator Antonio Fuentes Trillanes,
who was arrested and since detained by the government
forces on the 29th day of November 2007. You may wish to
update yourself with more information of my family,official
pictures and news about my brother here:

But not quite long, I was also arrested along with my
brother,now I have been released and I am under security
watch by the present government of Madam Gloria Arroyo.
All I want from you is to assist me make claims of some
funds, he did deposited with a diplomatic vault in Asia,
the Amount being deposited is much about 20.2 million euros.
All I want from you is honesty and sincerity,
as soon as this money is claimed by you, I will
advise you on how to wire some me to me here in
Philippine to enable me pay off the chief justice
for his demand in getting my brother out of prison.
And then fly over to meet you. I wait your reply
for more details.

Sincerely yours,

Ma. Arlene Trillanes

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