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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 Nestoria Vasquez Relevoa." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:53:48 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend!

Dear Friend,

My name is Mrs Nestoria Vasquez Relevoa ,a General merchant in the United
States of America ,Originally from Philippine , but taking Treatment in
Tokyo Japan now, I have been diagnosed with Breast cancer (117.7) and
Colorectal cancer (42.7) cancer that was discovered very late due to lack
of caring
For my health. I have only about a few months to live according to medical
I am looking for someone reliable and trusted that can use my ($6,200M)for
the less privileges and orphanage homes.

Since i cant survive this illness. Please you can contact me through this
Warm Greetings from,
Mrs Nestoria Vasquez Relevoa.

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