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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: Mrs Roseline Toure <>
Reply-To: Mrs Roseline Toure <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:12:49 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Donation Fund

 Fund for charity organization
Dearest in christ,
With all due respect and humanity, I was forced to write in a humanitarian field.
I am a widow Mrs. Roseline Toure aging long-term sick (cancer). Are currently admitted to a private hospital. I have some funds I inherited from my husband, James Toure, who later died in a car accident.
When my husband was alive he deposited the sum of € 2.700.000.00 (Two million seven hundred thousand Euro) in a bank. Currently, this money is still in the bank.
My doctor told me i may not last for the next 2 months due to my cancer problem. I need someone very honest or an organization that can use these funds for the charity organization, My late husband taught that this fund should be used for charitable purposes, such as building schools, houses of orphanages, hospitals, etc.
I want you to send me the following information referred to below.
Your full Name -----------------------Your country -------------------------Your address --------------------------Your age ------------------------------Your employment -----------------------The telephone ------------------------
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank. I also will issue a power of attorney that will show the current beneficiary of these funds.
Hoping to receive your answer. 
Thanks,Mrs. Roseline Toure

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