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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:

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:56:46 +0000

Greetings to you
My names are Causanilles Rovira maria jose A Spanish Nationality Based in West Africa, Am suffering from Cancer of the Breast and my Doctor has severally told me that the Cancer has gotten to the last Stage.
According to him, I may not live beyond next few months.
I have sold most of my Valuable Properties and Added the money to what I inherited from my late Husband, Now I have a total deposit of ($1.3 million US Dollars) with U.B.A Bank.

"I Want my funds to be use for charity work and helping less privileged anywhere in the World".
I am contacting you because I want to present you to my Bank as the Beneficiary to receive the funds and use it for CHARITY WORK.
If you promise to do my WISH, I offer you 30% of the funds, then 70% can be used for Charity and helping less privileged.

Hope to hear from you soonest.
Yours Faithfully
Causanilles Rovira

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