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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: "casambre" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:43:04 +0100

Attn: Pls,
I am Mrs. Alphonse Casambre from Philippines live in London, United Kingdom; I work with Treasure Art Incorporated and Treasure Crude Oil Marketers. I am 74yrs old, suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all indications, my condition is serious; according to my doctor it is quite obvious that I may not survive the sickness.
My late husband Mr. Harry Casambre and my only son died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111 on the 7th, of September 1998. I have been living alone since then. Almighty God is my comforter. I own a lot of properties including Shares and houses. After the death of my husband, I made up my mind to do the work of God as a missionary. I called our lawyer and I instructed him to sell all my properties and shares to enable me raise some money to continue my mission.
The lawyer sold the Shares and some of the properties and I was able to raise the sum of (50Million United States Dollars). Then i decided to deposit the fund with HSBC Bank here in London. I have prayed and I told God to direct me to an honest
person who will receive this fund and utilize it for things that will glorify the name of God and also help the motherless babies and widows, this money will be release to Christians or a Muslim provided you can make use of it. After my prayers, I searched your site in the internet, I found your email address and I decided to contact you.
If you are interested in using this fund for the work of God, my lawyer will get all the documents in your name to enable me give it to the HSBC Bank for immediate arrangement on how the fund will be release to you.
Most sincerely,
Mrs. Alphonse Casambre.
>From Philippines.
you can contact me with this my

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