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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: "CASH GRANT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 07:41:28 +0200
Subject: CASH GRANT AWARD 2009

Foundation's Officer,
Association Of Charity Foundations,
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 2000-2009 to be technically one of the world's wealthiest charity foundation- worth billions of US$ - but its primary purpose is BRINGING INNOVATIONS IN HEALTH AND LEARNING TO THE 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 donation/award.
Association Of 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.
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$2,500,000.00. (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). as charity donations/aid from the Association Of 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 donation pin number which you will use in collecting the funds.
Please endeavour to quote your Qualification numbers (H-021-637, P-91-56) in all discussions.

Officer Incharge
Mr.Louis Hillebrant

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 donation.
Finally, all funds should be claimed by their respective beneficiaries, not later that 7 days after notification, as failure will lead to cancellation and your donation will be reserved for next year’s recipients.
On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations
Yours Sincerely,
Mr Louis Hillebrant
(Foundation officer)

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