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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: "Mrs.Sheree Ping Par" <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 16:33:00 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Humanitarian Pledge

My dear friend,

i am Mrs. Sheree Ping Par, a nationality of Philippines.i have been diagnosed of advanced cervical cancer for more than two years and all these period i have stay and live my entire life in the hospital and my illness has defiles all forms of medical treatment and the medical experts just informed me that i have barely two weeks to live from now.

i have US$18.5million i vow to God almighty that i will donate and distribute them to charities organisation for humanitarian cause before i die

After reviewing your profile, i have prayed seriously and God almighty directed me to contact you and release those money to you to assist me to executive my vow and desire to propagate the Faith of God in this world by reaching out to the poor, downtrodden, natural disasters victims etc.

If you accept to assist me please send your reply for more information.

pls don't be late. God bless you

yours true God fearing

mrs Sheree Ping Par

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