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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:

Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 11:30:56 +0400

Dear Sir
Your contact came to me through an internet resarch for
foreign contact,
I am Miss Mary Daniel, the daughter
of a respected politician in Gabon Central Africa, the
politician who died recently in Paris. Since
his death and even prior to the announcement, I have
been thrown into a state of confusion,
humiliation, Frustration and hopelessness by the
the Gabon Government
I have even been subjected to physical and
psychological torture. As an arphan that is so
traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in
the country at the moment. You must have heard over
the media reports on the discovery of some Fund in my
father's secret bank account and companies and the
Allegations Of some huge sums of money deposited by my
father in my Name of which I have refuses to disclose
or give up to the corrupt Gabon Government.
In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the
Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion
Dollars. And they are not relenting on their Effort to
make me poor for life. As the African community has no
regards for women, that is my desire for a foreign
assistance. I have deposited the sum of 14 million
dollars with a security firm abroad whose name is
withheld for now until we open communication.
I shall be Grateful if you could receive this fund
into your bank account or open an account for safekeeping
and any Investment opportunity.
This arrangement is known to you and my personal
Attorney. He might be Dealing with you directly for
security reasons as the case may be. In view of the
above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual
benefits, we Will have to negotiate on your Percentage
share of he $14,000,000 that will be Kept in your
position for a while and invested in your name for my
In case you don't accept please do not let me
out to the security and international media As I am
giving you this information in total trust and
confidence I will greatly Appreciate if you accept my
proposal in good faith.
Yours sincerely,
Engr Mary Daniel

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