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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 16:05:34 +0000

Hello My Good Friend,
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe
everyone will die someday. My names are Albert Dickson a merchant in
Dubai,United Arab Emirate. I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It
has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a
few months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly
lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even myself)
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. 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 so, I have decided to give
also 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 Kuwait,Algeria and Malaysia. 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 Bulgaria and
Pakistan; they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not
trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contempt with what I have left for
them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of
eighteen million dollars $18, 000,000, 00 that I have with a Finance/Security
Company abroad.
I will want you to help me collect/receive this deposit and dispatched it to
charity organizations. You can also reply me on my direct email address
of( for confidentiality as I'll be awaiting
your response, as I have set aside 25% for you for your honesty and also to
cover your domestic expenses, you might incurred during the cause of this
Warm Regards
Albert Dickson.

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