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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: "Miss. Nina Dogolea" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 22:58:19 +0200
Subject: Please your urgent response is needed.


I am writting this letter with due respect and heartful of tears since
we have not known or met ourselves previously, I am asking for your
assistance . I will be so glad if you can allow me and lead me to the
right channel towards your assistance to my situation now.I will make
my proposal well known if I am given the opportunity. I would like to
use this opportunity to introduce myself to you.

I am Nina Dogolea from Liberia,the dauther of Late Enoch Dogolea a
former Vice President,and chairman National Iron Ore Company (NIOC)
Liberia.My father was murdered by president Charles Taylor
government,in which him denied.

The main reason why I am contacting you now is to seek you assistance
in the area of my future investment and also for a help hand over some
huge amount of money my Late father deposited for me as
beneficiary.This money ($9.8,000,000,00)Nine Millon Eight Hundred
Thousand Dollars is deposited some years ago and he made me the sole
beneficiary .

I have contacted them some many times,what they told me was due to my
refugee status they will not release it to me,that i should present
somebody or a company to stand on my behalf.

I am now asking you to stand on my behalf to make this claim,to stand
as my partner oversea and in time of the investment as well.

Upon receiving your mail i will give you all the informatio.Your
phone, fax numbers will be allso needed for easy contacts.
Please contact me through this

looking forward for your urgent reply,

Miss. Nina Dogolea

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