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Advance-Fee Scams

Published 26 Jun 2016

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Advance-fee scams, is a type of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum. If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim, or simply disappears.

From Wikipedia:

An advance-fee scam, is a type of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum. If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim, or simply disappears.


The Internet Archive has a number of samples of scam letters that have been mailed to people of the years. These letters are hilarious with unbelievable scenarios and numerous typographical errors. There is an unfortunate dark side when unsuspecting people are scammed through these letters. We have linked a couple of samples as a warning of the dangers of unsolicited scam letters.

Common examples of scam letters

Chinese Attorney Scam Chinese Attorney Scam Attorney General scam letter Attorney General scam letter Supervisor of Elections letter scam Supervisor of Elections letter scam

The Scam Survivors Handbook

It is only fair to point the reader to the unsavory experiences people have when they have been scammed. I have linked a book on the Archive from people who have experienced romance scams. It makes for difficult reading.

Romance scam victims (scam survivors indeed) share their experiences with the world, together with educational content on how to deal with online dating and social networking sites scammers, who just assume dozens of fake identities to tell us lies and to steal money.

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