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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: "Mrs M. Vandouf." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 07:53:30 -0500
Subject: I am waiting for your response

Good day,

Please excuse this humble email if it offends your sensibilities, but I have no
other means to contact you. I cannot talk on the telephone, so I did a search
for your email address, which I found on the International Business Directorate
Email Data Search. My name is Mrs. M Vandouf, I'm a 52 years old woman.

I am a widow who is dying of cancer. I was married to Peterz Vandouf, who was
an Executive of Shell Oil Company. We are both Dutch people who worked in
South Africa until he was killed. Presently, I'm in a hospital where I have been
undergoing treatment for Cancer in South Africa.

I have in a security firm the sum of 10,000,000.00GBP (Ten Million Great Britain
Pound Sterling) which my husband deposited before he died in a tragic automobile
accident where he was killed instantly. Because my doctors informed that I have
several weeks to live I must find a good God fearing person who will see that my
money is used for the benefit of the less privileged like homeless orphans and
motherless babies.

I have decided to seek your help in carrying out my last wishes, I have since lost
my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only few weeks to live,
It is my last wish to see this money distributed.

My research says you are just the person I seek. Because you have been found
#so trustworthy, I will like you to keep 15% for yourselves and give the rest to
worthy charity. Maybe you could start the Peterz Vandouf Foundation which will
keep my husband name alive.

I have enclosed for you the photograph I took when I was receiving treatment in
China above. Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth
since my illness, I cannot live with the agony entrusting this huge responsibility to
any of them.

Be rest assured that I will sign the necessary Probate Documents to make you the
beneficiary. I will also ask a friend, hospital, attendant, Mr. Makolo to discuss with
you since I can no longer talk or lost my vocal system to give you the details
and finance company where the money was deposited to avoid delay in receiving
the money now that I am still alive.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the security
company in South Africa/ Germany and I will send authority letter that will
prove you the present beneficiary of the money in the finance company that
is if you assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein

1. Your Full Names
2. Your contact Address
3. Your Age
4. Your Marital Status
5. Your Occupation
6. Your Mobile Numbers/ Fax

Feel free to call Mr. Makolo at non-peak time at his confidential
phone number.

I am waiting for your response.

Be Bless as you reply positively,
Mrs M. Vandouf.

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