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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: "Dr Frank Mike" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 07:27:26 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: Hello Dear

Hello Dear

It might appear surprising receiving my mail in this medium, but i have to
start by introducing myself to you,i am Frank Mike,a merchant in
Dubai,Arab Emirate.I have been diagnosed with Cancer which was discovered
very late,due to my laxity in caring for my health.It has defiled all
forms of medicine,Right now I have only about a few months to
live,according to my medical doctor

I have not particularly lived my life so well,as I never really cared for
myself but the oil business.Though I am very rich,I was never generous,I
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 and heal me I would live my life a different way
from how I have lived it.I have sowed a seed for my healing I have willed
and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended
family members and as well as a few close friends.

I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so,I have decided
to give arms to charity organizations and give succor and comfort to the
less privileged of the eath qake victim of Haiti and Tsunamin with the
Hurricane victims,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
India and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly,I cannot
do this my self anymore.

I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts in Saudi
Bank and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization
and to the less privileged in Bulgaria and Sudan Africa, They cashed the
money but kept it only to themselves.Hence,I do not trust them anymore,as
they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them already.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of
twenty two million dollars that I have in the Vault of a Financial company
for safe keeping.I want you to collect this deposit on my behalf and
disburse it to the Haiti and Tsunami Earth Quake victims in Asia and the
Hurricane victim in America for the less privileged.

I will set aside 20% for you for your time and efforts. I need your urgent
reply so that I will not have to go on sourcing for another credible
person to handle this project.If you are okay with the condition,do not
hesitate to send me mail ( so that i can
furnish you up with all the information needed. I wish to hear from you
soon. God bless you.

Mike Frank

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