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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Morales Braganza" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:48:29 -0700
Subject: Kindly reply;this is for REAL

Hello Dear Filipino ,
Please I want you to understand that this is not in any way related to what you might have heard or experienced therefore making you have doubts towards my email. God is my witness this is for real and you will never regret it if only you can give this a true chance and benefit of the doubts. Overcome your doubts and fear and work with me for the sake of the downtrodden;Above all you have nothing to lose in trying to be part of a course for the downtrodden. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT OUT OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OUT THERE I CHOOSE TO CONTACT YOU.I have tried contacting you before and you declined this noble mission. Is obvious we don’t know each other yet, but I'm fully persuaded that God wants us to work this out for the sake of the downtrodden. Meeting new people in our lives is a never-ending circle. You may think this is too good to be True, but I am telling you today that as God lives, this is is for REAL.

I am Attorney Morales Braganza a Legal Practitioner representing Rev. Fr. Navarro C. Cabalquinto, My late client was a 68 years Old Filipino Catholic Reverend Father who came to AFRICA in the 1945 with a black Missionary Rev. Sister; He left Philippines at the age of three(3), after The Japanese invading of the Philippines. He said the experience is cataclysm. However, he lived all his life here and owned an NGO which receives Financial Aid (Grant) from the United Nation and other conglomates. He died of Asthma attack, and since then no one has come forward to claim this fund he deposited in a Bank here, which he intend to use in establishing a foundation for Charity homes and orphanage centers in the PHILIPPINES.

Also,Based on my relationship with my client, he informed me of some wonderful ideas he wants to embark on which was to build one or two churches in the PHILIPPINES and alleviate the sufferings of typhoon victims, and also to less privileged homes in the Philippines with this deposit of US$2.800.000.00m he made through a CODED account in his local bank here in Africa which he gave me the CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT to keep as his lawyer.

THE BANK Chairman and Members of the Board of Directors, had just started arrangement for the fund to be declared "Unclaimed" and subsequently be donated as trust fund for arms/ ammunition to further enhance the course of War in Africa for their selfish political interest/investment. In order to avert this negative development, I hereby need your cooperation in order to see that the WISH of my late client is actualized. I can never achieve this objective without a trustworthy Filipino national and this is where you come in. However, I want to seek your consent to present you as my co-administrator of the fund in question for charity work in the Philippines. As attorney to the deceased the responsibility to establish your relationship with me and my late client rest on me and to achieve this objective, you must give me and this noble mission a chance and benefit of the doubt. Also take note that this is 100% risk free and legal.

I am not pursuing this claim for the financial gain. It is a duty I owe to my late client who unfortunately was an orphan with no existing relatives and even as I intend to use part of the funds to establish a foundation in his name in the Philippines; notwithstanding you will be adequately rewarded for your assistance in this endeavor I have decided to offer you 30% of the said funds. Expecting to hear from you as soon as possible, you can contact me on my direct private email: and while replying include your direct reachable mobile phone so I can give you a call immediately for further details.
Barrister Morales Braganza

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