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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: "Apollonia Poilane" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 19:08:05 -0600
Subject: Faith of Donations

Dear Beloved.

I am Mrs. Apollonia Poiline from Paris France, the only
child and Daughter to late Mr. Lionel Poilane an
entrepreneur whose commitment to crafting quality brea'd
earned him prestige throughout the world, who died on air
crash on a vacation to the Brittany, On October 31, 2002,
an helicopter crashed into the Bay of Cancale off the coast
of Brittany.

Here is the details.

When my father was alive, he deposited ''*'$8,400,000.00 USD
with a bank in usa which he intended to use for a charity
project. The bank wrote me two weeks ago to come forth for
my father's funds as the next of kin or give an authority
letter to someone who can do it for me. I can't do this
myself beause I am presently in a hospital where I've been
taking chemotherapy treatment for Leukemia of the bone
marrow for the past 10 months now. My doctors have told me
that I have only few weeks to live and that is why I decided
to use this fund for charity work. I have no family
that can do this for me, moreover i was a'dvised by my
pastor to look for a sincere person who can use 80% of the
fund to run
the charity.

As soon as you respond, I will give you the contact details
to my personal account officer in order for you
carry out my last wish.

I look forward to hear from you.

Apollonia Poilane

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