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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: Investment Funding <>
Date: 29 Jun 2019 20:24:37 -0700

Jerry Mac-Court
Below is my client request
Am consulting for your interest and the legality of the transaction for both parties and to make sure funds are release to your account as soon as you indicate your interest.

Good day to you Dear Sir, please pardon me for contacting you through this way because one has to take the risk in confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life. Well on Feb 26, 2017-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave Arthur Lascañas whom they called Superman order to kill his personal and all of his political enemies, which includes my innocent husband Mr. Dante Abaca, who is the Local and Foreign Exchange banker in Davao City also was killed. After that he keeps threatening me. But may a special thank be unto God Almighty that he has confessed before the Senate condemned him for all his killings
that including his younger brother. Well there is this certain amount of (USD$15.5M)-Fifteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only that my late Husband deposited with a Security company in UK Capital city of London, which he wanted to use it for his political ambition in our Country before he was assassinated.

So He gave me the documents now I have serious cancer, of which I don't know how long I may stay alive, which then made me to decide to invest this huge amount of money with you in your country or anywhere safe enough outside here for Security and Political reasons. So pleasI want you to help me reclaim and receive the consignment in your name from the Security company's affiliate outside Philippine or Asia through diplomatic means or you come down to their office for us to visit the Security company together for the claim in your name to avoid any traces of the funds and to enable you plan for the investment in this areas like:- (1) Real estate and (2) Standard hospital.

Please I plead with you to kindly Accept 25% of the total fund for your secretive assistance to me, while the balance will be invested on our behalf by you and manage it as well because of my state of health. I will need your company letterhead paper with address phone number only because I will use it to draft an Authorization letter on your reliable behalf that will enable me to open a direct discussion with the Security company as my late husband's foreign partner in my next mail for a Diplomatic shipment of the said huge amount.

n/b: Well you can visit the website
and get to read about the details of what happened to my innocent husband Mr. Dante Abaca and other innocent people too, and also get to see the picture of Arthur Lascañas whom they call Superman.

kindly respond to me on this my private email, please.

Please I’m looking forward to be in receipt of an acceptance response from you sooner than later from this day you have received this
important email to you.

Elizabeth Abaca (Mrs.)
from Manila Philippine.

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