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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: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 17:03:40 -0430
Subject: From: Mrs Alice Lacson

From: Mrs Alice Lacson
Dearest in Christ
Be bless in the name of God and sorry to intrude into your privacy.As i hope that this mail meet you in good sense of mind.
Please read this mail gently and try to absorb the content therein as this is not one of any such mail you read but i have prayed and fasted irrespective to my present predicament believing God that i shall meet the right person that will be sincere,faithful and God fearing.
My name is  Mrs Alice Lacson,I am married to late Mr.Solomon Lacson We are nationality of Philippines who was a oil broker dealers and died as a result of the Political war in my country. We were married for twenty years ago with only a son He is with me.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Ten Million united states dollars(10,000,000.00)USD in a Leading Voila Commercial Bank in Cote D'Ivoire West Africa. Recently,I was confirmed to be suffering from Cancer and the Doctors informed me that i will not last for the next two months.
Hence I decided to donate this fund to CHARITY varying from church,mission,Musque,and the Orphanage and motherless babies
home, organization or good person that will utilize this money to help the poor and help my only son.
Please, contact me as soon as you receive this message if you will be able to handle this project by assuring me of your willingness and capabilities as well as your sincerity and not capitalizing on my present health Condition to betray
me;respond back to me here of your willingness.
I await to hear from you in due course as any delay from may cause me to look for someother person as well. contact me on lt; BR> 
To God be the Glory
Mrs. Alice Lacson

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