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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: "Mr.david kola" <>
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:30:12 +0100
Subject: re

Dear Friend,
I am Mr david kola, a merchant in the Middle East.But based
in london uk I have been diagnosed with Cancer which was
discovered very late, due to my laxity in caring for my
health. It has defiled all forms of medicine, Right now I
have only about a few months to live, according to my
Medical Doctor. I have not particularly lived my life so
well, as I never really cared for myself but the oil
business. Though, I am very rich, I was never ge! nerous, I
only focused on my business as that was the only thing I
cared for.
But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more
to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in
the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance and
heal me I would live my life a different way from how I have
lived it.I have sowed a seed for my healing I have willed
and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate
and extended family members and as well as a few close
friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul
and so, I have decided to give arms to charity organizations
and give succor and comfort to the less privileged of the
Tsunami Victims and the Huricane katrina in USA, as I want
this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far,
I have distributed money to some charity organizations in
India and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so
badly, I cannot do this mys! Elf anymore.
I once asked members of my family to close one of my
accounts in Saudi Bank and distribute the money which I have
there to charity organization and to the less privileged in
Bulgaria and Sudan-Africa They cashed the money but kept it
only to themselves.Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as
they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them
already. The last of my money which no one knows of is the
huge cash deposit of $11, million that I have in the Vault
of a security house in uk for safe keeping. I want you to
collect this deposit on my behalf and disburse half of it to
the Huricane Katrina in USA as well as Tsunami Earthquake
victims in Asia for the less privileged (for charity
purpose) and the other half to set up an investment that is
profit base in other to keep the charity work alive.
Please send me a mail to indicate your wiliness to assist in
this disbursement. For your willingness and readiness to act
accor! dingly, I will set aside 40% for you for your time
and efforts in caring out this responsibility on my behalf
while,the remaining 60% will be used by you for both charity
work and setting up of an investment that is profit oriented
to enable you continue to assist the less privileged from
time to time from the profit you make from this investment
annually. I need your urgent reply so that I will not have
to go on sourcing for a credible person to handle this
project. I look forward to hear from you soon.ALWAYS REPLY

God bless you.
Mr david kola

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