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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: "Mr.Bernard Arnault" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Bernard Arnault" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2019 17:59:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re:Greetings

You have been gifted $1.5 MILLION USD in 2019 Donation Funds. Contact us at this email for your claim: ( )

I hope this information reaches to you well as I know you will be curious to know why how I selected you to receive a cash sum of $1,500,000,00 USD, our information below is 100% legitimate, I Mr.Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault I am a French business magnate, An investor and art collector. I am the chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH, The world's largest luxury-goods company. I mapping out this donation funds every Year to 20 countries all over the world where our company is been located in the world.

I decided to donate the sum of $1,500,000.00 USD to you as part of our charity project to improve the lot of 20 lucky individuals all over the world from our $16.5 Billion Usd I Mapped out to help people. We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance because I saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you. I have decided to make sure this put on on the internet for the world to see, I have decided to do one thing I promised God forever. as you could see from the web page above, am not getting any younger and you can imagine I have no much time to live. although am a Billionaire Investor and we have helped some charity organizations from our Fund.

You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members, Before we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the red cross, Haiti, hospitals, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with our payout bank of this charity donation. we have kept just 40% of the entire sum to our self for the remaining days because I am sick and am writing to you from the hospital computer because I don't know when I will die. To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($1,500,000.00 USD) which have been donated solely to you, you are to send us

Your full names.................
Your contact address.....................
Your State.....................................
Your Country..................................
Your personal telephone number...............
Your Date of birth............................
Your Marital Status............................
your Occupation................................

So that I can forward your payment information to you immediately. I am hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there in your country. Please, you have to do your part to also alleviate the level of poverty in your region, help as many you can help once you have this money in your personal account because that is the only objective of donating this money to you in the first place. I like to re-assure you of the legitimacy of these services as we will not be involved in any fraudulent act and will never be.

Use the money wisely, we only want to feel good by helping people this time of the year, We have too much to give away as I only have a few months left on earth. I will advise you as the prospective lucky Person to be calm not to lose this great opportunity which millions of people are trying to entangle but the chances just couldn't come for them because a lot of people are out there to discourage them as they don't know how it works, and have never seen such before. Thank you for accepting our offer,

Best Regards,
Mr.Bernard Arnault

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