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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: "Ms. Pauline Smith" <>
Reply-To: "Ms. Pauline Smith" <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 01:18:13 -0500 (PET)
Subject: Upon your acceptance From Pauline Smith

My Beloved,

I am drenched with tears while writing this short message toyou. It was heart-breaking news to me few days ago when my doctor notified meon complications on my health condition which he officially made known to me.He further stressed that the complication I had in my human mechanism as aresult of a secondary liver cancer which have destroyed all the organs in mybody system. According to him, he said that this complication will lead to myimminent death since no medication can alleviate the high system of deformationI am encountering at this time in my system.

In the view of the above, I am in quest to find atrustworthy and upright individual whom I will entrust the sum of $23.2 millionUSD and this has led me to you. The said fund was acquired by me after I soldmy adopted father's company, who died as a result of political crisis whicherupted among his most political associate and business clique.

I will make available to you all information and officiallyauthorize document which will endorse your claim as the beneficiary to the fundin question in the finance house where the fund was lodged by the buyers of myinherited company. I have mapped out the modalities on how the fund will be apportioned.35% of the principal amount of the money will be dished out to you while 65%will be allotted to any charitable or orphanage home of your preference.

My motive to dispense the funds to a charity and orphanagehome is that I grew up as an orphan and do not have any heirs hitherto.

Upon your acceptance to this proposal kindly get back to methrough this email:&nbsp; or

Best Regards

Ms Pauline Smith

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