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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:05:40 +0000
Subject: Greetings to you and your family

Hello Dear,

Greetings to you and your family I am happy to know you, but God knows you
better and he knows why he has directed me to you at this point in time

How are you and everything happening around you I am contacting you because I
need someone who will help me establish an orphanage, and also run a charity
program with my life time savings as I will depart this wicked world due to
esophagus nacre. I want to help the poor kids as much as I can. I am in(West
Africa), widow and have no one around me to trust as they all want to loot my
money and never care about my interest.

Presently I am at the hospital. The total amount for this project is
$8.5million dollars and 50% of the money will be yours and 50% will be for
the project. We have never met before but after going through your profile I
decided to contact you. I wish you are the honest and hardworking type I am
looking for.Please get back to me so that I can give you the details.

La informacion contenida en este e-mail y sus anexos puede ser confidencial y/o reservada, y solo puede ser utilizada por la persona o la entidad a la cual esta dirigido. Si no es usted el destinatario autorizado, cualquier retencion, difusion, distribucion o copia de este mensaje esta prohibida y sancionada por la ley. Si por error recibe este mensaje, le ofrecemos disculpas y le agradecemos reenviar y borrar el mensaje recibido y sus anexos inmediatamente. Las opiniones expresadas en este mensaje son responsabilidad exclusiva de quien las emite, ellas no comprometen la responsabilidad institucional por el uso que el destinatario haga de los mismos.

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