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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:

Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:31:15 -0300 (BRT)


Our world is clearly in crisis. Everywhere we look--in the media, on the
streets, in our own homes--we see evidence of poverty, hunger,
environmental disaster, war, and disease. Most of us want to do something
to help, but with so many charities and humanitarian organizations begging
for our attention, time, and money, it can be difficult to know where our
efforts and contributions are best spent.

You might have seen me on TV or heard on radio of my fortune haven won the
largest US jack pot in history--check it out on google with my name Gloria
C. MacKenzie.Anyway, being a widow 84 years old, $590 million US Dollar
is a whole lot of money to keep as a personal fortune. So I decided out of
my humanitarian conscience to shared this funds throughout the continent
in benefit of the less privilege - and so far, what is left in this
project is $ 50 million US Dollar which I believe a decent and honest
individual would be able to utilize this funds in aiding to eradicating
poverty within and around your location. and official assignment to Syria

Your obligation would be to spend $ 49 million US Dollar on aid to the
less privilege while you keep $1million US Dollar to yourself for a job
well done. We shall later request for every details on how the money was
spent just to ensure that this funds given to you was not abused or used
for any other reason outside its main objective.

I request for your name, age, location, occupation and mobile phone number
, upon your reply, my financial officer will contact you.

Best of luck,

Co-ordinator Asian Zone

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