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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: "rita jonnas01" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 20:54:42 +0000
Subject: Awaiting your immediate response

I am introducing my self as Ms. RITA JONNAS , the only Dauther of late Chief
and Mrs Gabriel JONNAS, I wish to request for your assistance in a financial
transaction. I got your contact from a member of this your site, And I wish
to invest in Manufacturing and real estate management in your country.

I have Nine million two houndred thousand united states
dollars.USD($9.200,000) to invest in your country, and I will require your
assistance in receiving the funds in your personal/company account for
investment, I will be gladly to give you 10% of the total sum for your

please it is very important you contact me immediately on my private email
addressfor further explanation on how we will proceed.

Awaiting your immediate response
Thanks and God bless.
Best Regards

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