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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: Bernard Madoff <>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:00:01 +0100
Subject: Dear friend

Dear Friend,

Compliments of the day and i hope that this email meets you well, first
of all let me begin by introducing myself. I am Bernard Madoff, an
American convicts, stockbroker, investment adviser, and financier. I was
arrested in December 11, 2008, but before the arrest, I was the founder
of Wall Street firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in
1960 an also the Chairman of WallStreet Firm.

On March 12, 2009, I pleaded guilty to eleven federal felonies and
admitted that i turned my wealth management business into a massive
Ponzi scheme, which defrauded thousands of investors of their billions
of dollars in the USA.

My case was in court trial until June 29, 2009, and I was sentenced to
150 years in prison. I am presently serving my jail term, and right now
I am battling with Kidney Cancer and waiting for my death. The US
government has confiscated all my assets, my wife has left me, and my
two sons are dead. I have lost everything that is of value to in life,
even my freedom, and my life is worthless and nothing matters to me

Now i come to learn the lessons of life and i have thus accepted Jesus
Christ as my lord and personal savior and I regret my past and thus very
remorseful of my wrong doings, by betraying the people who entrusted me
with fund. I am now a born again Christian and have repented from my

I still have in my possession a total sum of €100,000.000.00 (One
Hundred Million Euro), which the USA Government is not aware of because
the fund is hidden far away from American continent. I have determined
to share this wealth and give back to people of the world , i want to
give it to charity ,to the less privilege and provide homes to
homeless, people who are facing hardship in life, Natural disaster and
war victims of Middle East and Africa respectively. Motherless homes,
old people's home etc....

I am writing you to assist me in distributing this fund, through charity
means and give life to the less privileged ones. I have gone through
your profiles during my search for someone that i could assign and
commit this mission to and i am rightly convinced that somebody of your
statue will not stoop so low to derail in this kind of social and
humanitarian task for no reason whatsoever hence am contacting you. My
instincts and fate has led me to you.

You can read more details about me by typing my name in
(Bernard L Madoff). I will be waiting to hear from you any moment from
now. May the peace of the lord be with you and your family.


Bernard Madoff

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