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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 18:47:30 +0000
Subject: looking for business investor/project manager

I want to use this opportunity to inform you of my intention of my son
going into long term business relationship with you. Am mrs Cantal Maria
from Canada by the grace of God I am 67 years today married to late Mr
José Emilio Dubiot who was the chief of staff of this branch of the FAA,
Admiral Felicianodos Santos "Paxe" (in Angola), before he died September
26, 2004. Am suffering from a long time cancer of the throat, from all
indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is Quite obvious
that, according to my doctors they have advised me that I May Not live
for the next two months, this is because the cancer stage has Gotten to
A very bad stage. Before the death of my husband i have been very sick
with throat cancer but my adopted son wants to be a man on his own but
he needs an assistance of a foreign to help him, my husband made a
deposit for him which he need you as a foreign partner to move the funds
out while you cover him as your business partner and invest the funds in
a lucrative business for him. It will be a joint business between you
and him, total money involved is $9.500.000.00 dollars. He will move it
to your account and enter into joint venture with you,he will be your
life partner so get back to me for me to instruct you on how you receive
the funds. Am very sick with throat cancer and the doctors says i have
short period to stay but as soon as you receive the funds take my son
complete his dream and use 30% of the funds to help the less privileges
any where you want.

Hope to hear from you soon

Mrs Cantal.

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