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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: "European Charity Foundation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 09:02:11 +0200

Foundation's Office.
Association of European Charity Foundations/ AOL.NL
Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Dear Beneficiary,


This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the
Board of trustees of the above International charity
organization branched in the Netherlands as one of the
final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation for your own
personal, education and business development.

The international registered Foundation is named after
over 5 top company owners put together. The charitable
foundation was reported by the business newspaper, the
Economist between the year 2000-2007 to be technically
one of the world's wealthiest charity foundation-
worth billions of US$ - but its primary purpose is
GLOBAL COMMUNITY. George Soros is chairman of the
foundation/association. Having been rated as the
founder and chairman of a network of foundations, the
foundation has decided to randomly select email
addresses that would benefit from this year's

Association of European Charity Foundations in
conjunction with the European Union is giving out a
yearly donation of One Hundred Million United States
Dollars as specific Donations/Grants to 50 lucky
international recipients worldwide in different
categories for their educational pursuit, health care,
personal Business development and uplift of their
environments. These funds are freely given to you for
your business, educational and personal development
and at least 30% to be used by you to develop a part
of your environments, as this is a yearly program,
which is a measure of universal development strategy,
and eradication of poverty.

Please kindly note that you are not the only
beneficiary in your country this year and your country
is not the only country that is benefiting from this
donation, as beneficiaries have been chosen from
countries from all continents.

The idea of this donation is that within ten years
from now, there will be notable richness amongst many
unusual people around the world to help cushion the
effects of the global economic meltdown.

This will give many people the opportunity to get
their lives to a stage where they had always wanted.
Kindly note that you will only be chosen to receive
the donation once. Which means that, subsequent yearly
donation will not get to you again, so it’s your
choice to spend the donation wisely on something that
will last you a long time. And please do not bother
following up this email, if you have benefited from
this donation in previous years.

Based on the random selection exercise of internet
service providers (ISP) and millions of Super market
cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the
lucky recipients to receive the award sum of
US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars)
as charity donations/aid from the Association Of
European Charity Foundations and the UNO in accordance
with the enabling act of Parliament. Note that, your
email was selected from either the internet, or a
Shop's cash invoice around your area in which you
might have purchased something from.

You are required to expeditiously Contact the
Executive Secretary below for qualification
documentation and processing of your claims, from
Monday through Sunday.

On contact with this officer, you'll be given your
further instructions on setting up an account with
the to be nominated payment bank and donation pin
number which you will use in collecting the funds.

Please endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers
(N-121-6537, G-001-09) in all discussions.

Executive Secretary,
Mr. Pieter Cort.
Phone: 0031 616 546 040
Fax: : 0031 847 553 129
Amsterdam . The Netherlands

Please note that this donation/Grant is strictly
administered by "European Union" under delegated
powers from the UNO. You are hereby advised to keep
this whole information confidential until you have
been able to collect your donation, as there have been
many cases of double and unqualified claim, due to
beneficiaries informing third parties about his/her

Finally, all funds should be claimed by their
respective beneficiaries, not later that 2 weeks after
notification, as failure will lead to cancellation and
your donation will be reserved for next year’s

On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Margriet Francisca
(Foundation officer)

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