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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 Emilia Marincel" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:52:06 -0700
Subject: Fund Transfer Charity Read

Dear Beloved.
Compliment of the day to you. Please accept my apologies for intercepting your
privacy.I am Ms Emilia Marincel,a Romania merchant I reside in united Kingdom.I have
been diagnosed of cancer.My motive of contacting you is based on Distribute of my funds to the
motherless,lessprivileged and widows.
I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer.I have only about a few months to
live and I want you to Distribute my funds($US 10,300,000.00 million)
to charities. reply me email on this email

I want you to help me dispatch the 70% deposit I have with a finance/Security
Company abroad to the motherless,lessprivileged and widows I have set aside 30%
for you.I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is
accomplished,as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last wish.I know
this message will sounds very strange to you, but I have no choice than
to choose a stranger like you I have never seen before.what matters will be the
trust.i will tell you more about this transaction upon your reply.

I Shall send a copy of my international identity to enable you verify my the
legality of my charity.It is 100% risk free.

Send below information for contact
1. Your full name:
2. Your contact cell phone number:
3. Your age:
4. Your sex:
5. Your occupations
6. Your country and city:

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Ms Emilia Marincel

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