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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: "robert" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 05:55:22 -0200
Subject: Principal Partner Stanley and Associates

Dear Fund Trustee,

My Name's Mr.Graham N.Robert. Given my current state of health,I have decided
to donate what I have to you, I am 69 years old and I was diagnosed for
cancer about 2 years ago, immediately after the death of my Wife, Who had
worked with me tirelessly until we were driven out of Zimbabwe and our farms
seized. I have been touched to donate from what I have inherited from my late
wife estate to you for the good work and support since we never had any
children, rather than allow My wife relatives to use our hard earned funds
ungodly.Please pray that the good Lord forgive me my sins. I have asked God
to forgive me and I believe he has because He is a merciful God. I will be
going in for an operation next weekend. I decided to WILL/donate the sum of US
$155,600,000(One Hundred and Fifty Five million Six Hundred thousand United
States Dollars) to you for the good work and expect you will help support the
motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows. At
the moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to my
deteriorating health condition. I have adjusted my WILL and my Executor is
aware I have changed my will; you and him will arrange for the change of
ownership of the funds and transfer of funds to you.The funds deposited with
a finance outfit and the name is with held basically for security and
confidential purposes and would only be released to (you).

I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, and
Please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.

Contact my Executor:
Charles Stanley Esq.
Principal Partner Stanley and Associates

You are to contact him with your full names contact telephone/fax number and
your full address and tell him that I have WILLED (US$155,600,000.00) to you
that I have known you for some years before now as I rightly introduced you
to him,and I have also notified him that I am WILLING that amount to you as
my friend for a specific good work. I know you may not remember me too well
again but I have been directed to do this from my heart. Thanks and God bless.

NB: 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.And Also I will be contacting with you by email from time to time. I
sincerely hope I make the operation.

Graham N.Robert

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