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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: "Richard Vale{Orchard Vale Trust}" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 06:47:46 -0000


How do you do?

My name is RICHARD VALE, CEO of Orchard Vale Trust. ORCHARD VALE TRUST needs a Payment Representative in the states.

There is an Open Vacancy in the Organization. The Board of Directors of Orchard Trust is willing to offer you a good Part- Time paying job in which you could learn a lot.This job would be based on contract and commission terms, it is a part-time job and it would involve quite a handful of trust and honesty. If you would be interested in including a good-paying, part time job to your daily list of activities and earning up to $4000.

I just took time to make this explanatory enough so you could understand what the job entails, before I go further I thought I'd inform you of both who you would be working for and what you would be doing.

As I have previously already informed you, my name is RICHARD VALE, 42 years of
age, 4 kids, all boys and the love of my life, my Wife, Tracy. I am a somewhat multitalented man and I do quite a lot of travelling and get to meet quite a lot of people who need the services I render especially with the British Heart Foundation, A UK registered charity based in London which I joined in January 2000.

The aim of the British Heart Foundation is to play a leading role in the fight against disease of the heart and circulation so that it is no longer a major cause of disability and premature death.

Our Activities:
The Orchard Vale Trust is the largest independent founder of heart research in the UK. We play an important role in funding education, reaching the public and health professionals And we provide life-saving cardiac equipment and support for rehabilitation and patient care.

Heart Disease - the facts...

1) Heart and circulatory disease is the UK 's biggest killer. One in five men and one in six women die from it.

2) Every 2 minutes someone in the UK has a heart attack.

3) Over 670,000 people in the UK have definite heart failure.

4) 4,600 babies are born with heart defects each year. Around half will need treatment or surgery.

You can read more online at

Presently, the foundation, Orchard Vale Trust was granted funds and donations to head a charity support project in the tropical regions of West Africa regarding the fight against heart disease and also supporting the treatment of many childhood Heart Illnesses.

However, Our Donated Funds were by our American counterparts and they mostly come in US based Money Orders, Travelers Checks and sometimes Cashiers Checks.

Getting an accountant in the states or opening an account would have been our best choice but I have a deadline to meet and taking any of those choices would cost our time and a whole lot of other requirements I am not ready to deal with as I would be traveling a lot in the meantime.

So presently, having read your resume and 'assuming' you would be able to deal with cash, I would be willing to employ you on contract basis to be my payment representative / Receptionist / Bookkeeper back in the states, this way I could issue and make these money orders out to you, you could then cash them easily, withdraw Ten Percent (10%) of the total amount on these money orders as your commission for the great service you would be rendering and then send the rest back to me through Western Union Money transfer.

You would have to keep Detailed Transactions in a Spreadsheet so the process would be recorded just for verification purposes.

Bear it in mind that we would be dealing with quite a handful of cash and you could be making good money working with us in a short period of time.

I would be glad if you accept my proposal as I intend to commence with you as soon as you are ready. I would be issuing and mailing over my money orders to you, which would be issued out in your name and sent over through a reputable courier service. Like I said, the funds and donations was granted to head a charity support project in the tropical regions of West Africa regarding the fight against heart disease and also supporting the treatment of many childhood Heart Illnesses.

Once you get them in the mail, you would be cashing them at your bank, educating Ten percent (10% Alongside the Western Union Transfer Charges ) of the total amount cashed as commission to the great effort you are rendering to help build the third world and any other transfer charges incurred during the transaction.

The rest fund would be wired to me via Western Union to wherever I might be at that point in time (West Africa presumably because I have to make my trip in the new week)

I have attached an employment form in this email which you could fully fill on your computer and send back as an attachment, just so I know who and where I would be sending m money orders out to.

Do provide an address where you will be able to sign for the collection of the payment.

Thanks and God Bless.


Cell :

(Information included in this application form is confidential between you and me, and the full name and contact info should be included as it should be written on the payments being issued over to you, you should also include a valid phone number for easy contact)

According to how you have been briefed earlier by me. You are required and mandated to receive payment on behalf of the above mentioned firm. You are to deduct 10% of all funds processed on a particular order and forward the balance payment via Western Union Money Transfer OR money gram as I would be instructing you on receipt of my payments.
You will notify me a week ahead if eventually you want to discontinue this job so as to terminate all payment coming your way to avoid conflict.

In agreement to this kindly append signature below:

CEO of Orchard Vale Trust

If you are interested, please email me back so we could make concluding arrangements..

Thank You and God Bless.

Orchard Vale Trust,
..........Building a better tomorrow. A member of the UK Registered

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