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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: "Madam. Bridgett Magpulong" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:42:32 +0100
Subject: Re: trying to contact you


I am Madam. Bridgett Magpulong,65 years old widow A British citizen,i am suffering from long time cancer of the-blood (Leukemia,  I was brought up in a motherless baby's home, and was married to a Philippine man Mr. Alfred Magpulong an int business man and former presidential candidate in philippines before he died in a fatal motor accident..

i got married to my late husband for twenty nine years without a child before his death. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only few months to live. this is because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage and I might not survive.

Since the death of my husband  I decided not to re-marry, I sold all my inherited properties from my-late husband and deposited all the money in a trunk safe box, a total sum of $11.235. 000.USD million united state dollars. This money is in a metallic trunk box and deposited with a security company in abroad.

Due to my sickness i have decided to donate this money to you and your community, I want you to assist on my behalf and as my beneficiary and claim the trunk box of money out from the security company and invest the money with your care in a profitable ventures of your choice in your country and distributed each year among the charity organization, the poor widows around and the motherless baby's home where I come from.

I want your good humanitarian and assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.

N.B: will like this transaction to be very confidential.
Get back to me through my private email address ( for more details and the arrangement.

Yours sincerely
Bridgett Magpulong.

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