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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: Helen Yuchengco <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 11:57:00 +0000
Subject: Hello


I am Madam Helen Yuchengco Dee-a citizen of Philippine, widow, and
legitimate heir to the late former Minister of finance who was
assassinated for been working with the ex-president in Philippine.

I inherited a total sum of 12.3 million dollars from my late husband,
The pressure from my decease husband's family for this money has
compelled me to leave Manila and have the money which is concealed in
a metallic trunk box is deposited with a security and finance company
Aboard under a secret arrangement as a family treasure.

This means that the security company does not know the content of this
box that was shipped from the Philippine to Aboard under a diplomatic
coverage. My purpose of asking for your assistance boil down to the
fact that I don't want my late husband's family to be aware or name
involve, and the deposit statement of the box authorized the company
to make this box available for shipment on request only to my foreign
business representative, though unnamed.

Hence I want you to contact the the security company as my business
partner / associate, after receiving the prove from me to enable the
company release the consignment to you diplomatically, while I join
you on the arrival of the box.

I have recently paid all demurrage ,storage charges and the shipment
fee, all you need to do is to help me contact the security company
and introduce yourself as my business partner / associate ,requesting
the shipment of the box to your address which you will provide.

And as soon as Diplomatic shipping agent approved the shipment and
tell you the arrival date of the box then I will join you to give you
15% of the money instantly before I go on with the proposed investment
in your domain provided is secured and investment friendly. Please if
you are interested and willing to represent me as my business partner
/ associate kindly write me as soon as possible.

I awaits your urgent response
Best wishes
Madam Helen Yuchengco Dee

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