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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "here in united kingdom" (this email uses bad English)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying merchant" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: PACHECO ALVAREZ <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 16:55:21 +0100
Subject: PACHECO ALVAREZ
My name is Mr.Pacheco Alvarez Director of the company THREE FFF GROUP BV
whose registration number is K V K (kamer van koophandel) 32258748
registered office is at GELDERLANDPLEIN 75 L, AMSTERDAM LV 1082 NV ,THE
I have been diagnosed with prostate and esophageal cancer that was
discovered very late due to my laxity in caring for my health. It has
defiled all form of medicine.Though I am very rich, I was never generous and
now, 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. Now that my health has
deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self any more. I once asked
members of my family to close one of my accounts and donate the money, which
I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria , 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 is the huge cash deposit that I have with Central
Bank of Venezuela .I will want you to help me collect this deposit and
dispatched it to charity organizations and to the recent catastrophe
happening in JAPAN 8.9 magnitude EARTHQUAKE and TSUNAMI .I am writing this
from my laptop computer in my hospital bed here in United Kingdom where I
wait for my time to come. I pray that God uses you to support and assist me
with good heart.
Please send me an email.
Check your attachment to see my passport.