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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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Fraud email example:

From: "From . Mr. Diego Duarte." <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:40:26 +0000

From . Mr. Diego Duarte.

Please let all your correspondence be on my personal and only email address

Kindest Attention:

My name is Mr. Diego Duarte, I am from Portugal . I have been diagnosed with

Esophageal cancer. It has defied all forms of medical treatment, and right now I

have only about a few months to live,according to medical experts. I have not

particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even

myself) but my business.

Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and

only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for.But now I

regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have

or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to

come to this world I would live my life a
different way from how I have lived it.

Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets

to my immediate and extended family members as well as few close friends .I want

God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to

charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on

earth. So far, I have Distributed money to some charity organizations in the

U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I

cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of

my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in

Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves.

Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I

have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash

deposit of Sisty five Million United States Dollars($65,000,000,00) that I have
with a SECURITY COMPANY Abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit

and dispatch it to charity organizations.


Kindly note that 30% of this funds must go to the tsunami victims,40% to other

Charity Organization and 30% for your effort and time.

To show that you really wont to assist me carry out my wishes,I will like you to

send to me your full contact informations as followed,Your full name/your full

residence address/your home and cell numbers indicating a copy of your driver

liense or copy of your international passport attached to my email acccount,As

soon as i get this i will nect you and the bank together ABROAD.

This business deal is 100% risk free,During the process of this deal nothing is

going to happen to you or any memeber of your family,Only what i need from you is

trust and obeydience and also promise me that you will not divert the funds to

your self as soon as you claim it from the bank.

I cannot talk with you on the phone due to my health situation, as I am using my

Lap Top Computer to communicate with you. You should respond to this e-mail if you

are interested in carrying out this assignment on my behalf.

God be with you.

Mr. Diego Duarte

Please let all your correspondence be on my personal and only email address

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