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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: "Henry Togo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2016 06:22:22 +0200
Subject: Good news from the ACF

Hello dear,
My name is Henry Togo; I am a consultant to the late billionaire business mogul, Antonio Fernandez. I hope
you won't be surprise to read this email, because it means only for the good purpose of his last wish. Before
he died, his last wish was that, 30% of his wealth be distributed to the poor people and the less privilege
motherless children around the world. Ever since he died, all his wish has been accomplished, as we've
done a good job locating some individuals who has been partnering with us to distribute these funds to
the needy children according to the wish of late Antonio…and it is remaining a little of the amount which
we're still ready to distribute. In this case, i would want to include your name in the cash reception and
management, so that you can get $6,000,000.00 and we share it equal and you can invest my own share
for me.

I cannot be among the team that has shared over a USD40, 000,000.00 to different people around the
world for charity purposes without having at least the above as I have just mentioned. This is not a personal
help to me, it is not even illegal. It is a wish of the late billionaire. If you don't want to receive the fund for
me and you to share, then i will include your name on the payment list as a friend, you will be giving USD500,000
so that you help share it to the less privilege children in your community, We cannot be everywhere at the
same time. It is through individual that we're distributing these funds, and you have been my friend today.
I will not have any problem including your name for this purpose ok.

Feel free, there is nothing trouble here. The late billionaire died at 79, and the best we that are living can
do for him is to keep to his entire wish while on earth, which I have stated herein this email. Every day is an
opportunity in our lives, here is the opportunity today for us, and we should take a chance for it to materialize
to our heart desires. The world is a small place; you can meet your opportunity and great blessing any day any
time from any part of this world, as long as you are focused. Please, I would want you to be kind over this issue
and treat me as your friend and make sure that you did not fail me on this deal. You will have to receive this
fund on trust with your pure heart, and then I will meet you after for us to share it equal. Meanwhile, I would
also like you to invest it for me under your care and business experience. Then I will take it from there.

Please I hope you can understand my position on this and treat with utmost urgency and honesty, as I make
the necessary arrangement to perfect the remittance process.
Please, do not hesitate to let me know, if you have any thing you did not understand while reading.

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Thanking you for your understanding cooperation.

Henry Togo

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