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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: Rose Ali <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 14:56:16 +0100 (CET)

I am Rose Ali,the Only Child of Late Asad Dhari Ali Al-Fayadh (Prominent Iraqis House of Assembly Member ) who was killed along with three of his bodyguards and my brother in a suicide bomb attack in neighborhood of Rashdiya Northern Baghdad,while my mother died of heart attack two weeks after my fathers death . View the Website below for detail Story of how I lost my influential parents.
My late and beloved father deposited a huge amount($11.500.000.00)eleven million, five hundred thousand US dollars in a prime bank Abidjan ivory coast precisely .All I need from you is an assistance to transfer the fund to your country for investment and i will come over to join you in your country after the transfer is done. I will give you 15% of the total sum (sharing ration is Negotiable} but most of all is that I solicit your trust in this transaction and will not want you to betray me. All correspondence should be directed to my private Email address below: Email:

Yours sincerely,
Rose Hanan Dhari Ali Al-Fayadh.

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