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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: "Salome" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 17:40:09 +0200
Subject: Very _Very _Urgent ( From Salome)

Dear Friend,
Good day and Compliments,

I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish
of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and
reward you aboundantly and you would never regreat this.

I am a female student from University of Kumasi, Ghana before i fled Ghana. I
am 25 yrs old. I'd like any person who can be caring, loving and home
oriented. I will love to have a long-term relationship with you and to
know more about you. I would like to build up a solid foundation with you
in time coming if you can be able to help me in this transaction.

Well, my father was beheaded in 2002 and left I and my junior
brother behind. He was a king, which our town citizens titled him over
sixteen years before his death.I will tell you more about me later on.

I was a princess to him and I am the only person who can take care of
his wealth now because my junior brother is still young and my mother is
not literate enough to know all my father's wealth. He left the sum of
USD 7,350, 000.00 dollars (seven Million, Three Hundred and Fifty
Thousand US Dollars)in a security company.This money was royalty from gold mine company operating in our locality for the compensation of community development in our jurisdiction.

I don't know how and what I will do to invest this money somewhere in
abroad, so that my father's kindred will not take over what belongs to
my father and our family, which they were planning to do without my
present because I am a female as stated by our culture in the town.

Now, I urgently need your humble assistance to move this money from the
security company to your bank account and I strongly believe that by
the grace of God, you will help me invest this money wisely.

I am ready to pay 20% of the total amount to you if you help us in this
transaction and another 10% interest of Annual After Income to you, for
handling this transaction for us, which you will strongly have absolute
control over.

If you can handle this project sincerely and also willing to assist me
in lifting this fund, kindly reach me.

Please, note that this transaction is 100% risk free and I hope to
commence the transaction as quick as possible, I will send you my picture
as soon as I hear from you.

Yours sincerely,
Princess Salome Andani (ms).

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