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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: "rosmond mendez" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 18:42:20 +0000


I am Rosmond Mendez and My sister Theresa Mendez Our parents Mr. and Mrs.
Edward Mendez were assassinated here in IVORY COAST.
Before my father's death he had US$5,000,000 (FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES
DOLLARS) kept in a well concealedtrunk box and deposited with a security
company here in Abidjan. I want you to do me a favour to receive these funds
to a safe account in your country or any safer place as the beneficiary.

I have plans to do investment in your country, like real estate and
industrial production.
This is my reason for writing to you. Please if you are willing to assist me
and my only sister, indicate your interest in replying.

Thanks and best regard.

Rosmond Mendez

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