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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: "princeaka002@terra.es" <princeaka002@terra.es>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 15:29:22 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: GOOD DAY



GOOD DAY

FROM:BEATRICE AKA
DEAR ONE,

WITHOUT ANY DOUBT I KNOW THAT THIS MAIL MAY COME TO YOU AS A SURPRISE BUT IT
IS BORNE OUT OF GENUIE NEED FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE.

I AM MISS BEATRICE AKA THE DAUGHTER OF FORMER FINANCE DIRECTOR OF SIERRA
LEONE GOLD AND DIAMOND CORPORATION MR MARCUS AKA WHO WAS ASSASINATED BY THE
REBEL FORCES LOYAL TO MR FORDAY SANKOH DURING THE PEAK OF THE CIVIL WAR IN
OUR COUNTRY SIERRA LEONE.

BEFORE MY FATHER DIED,HE GAVE OUR MOTHER A DEPOSIT CRTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT
MEANT FOR A SECRET DEPOSIT FOR THE SUM OF USD15,000,000.00 MILLION.

MY MOTHER WHO LATER DIED OF HYPERTENSION SIX MONTHS AFTER THE DEATH OF MY
FATHER,ON HER SICK BED TOLD ME TO COLLECT THE DOCUMENTS AND PRESENT THEM TO
THE FIRM IF SHE EVENTUALLY DIES AND ENSURE THAT I SOURCE FOR A TRUSTED AND
RELIABLE FOREIGNER PARTNER TO ASSIST US RETRIVE THE MONEY
FROM FIRM TO HIS OR HER COUNTRY ABROAD AFTER WHICH I AND MY YOUNGER
BROTHER PRINCE WILL JOIN THE PERSON FOR THE INVESTMENT OF THE MONEY IN GOOD
BUSINESS AND FOR MY YOUNGER BROTHER TO CONTINUE HIS EDUCATION.

THIS WAS THE INTENTION OF MY FATHER BEFORE HE DIED. I HAVE PRESENTED THE
DOCUMENTS TO THE FIRM AND THEY ARE AWAITING FOR THE FOREIGN PARTNER OF OUR
LATE FATHER DETAILS ADDRRESS.THIS IS ALSO IN LINE WITH THE AGREEMENT MY LATE
FATHER ENTERED INTO WITH THE FIRM AT THE TIME OF DEPOSIT
THAT THE DEPOSIT WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO ADDRESS OF THE BENEFICIARY WHOSE
NAME HE DID NOT DISCLOSE TO THE FIRM. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE AN
CONTACT DETAILS WHERE SO WE WILL SUBMIT IT TO THEM FIRM.

YOU WILL ALSO BE IN CUSTODY OF THE MONEY PENDING WHEN I AND MY BROTHER
PRINCE WILL JOIN FOR THE INVESTMENT IN GOOD BUSINESS AND FOR PRINCE TO
CONTINUE HIS EDUCATION. YOU WILL HAVE 10% OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT AND ALSO 40%
SHARE OF THE BUSINESS WILL BE YOUR OWN.

PLEASE DO NOT EXPOSE THIS TRANSACTION AS THERE ARE A LOT OF BAD THINGS
HAPPENNING IN THE WORLD NOW.WE TRUST AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL NOT SIZE THE
MONEY WHEN IT IS TRANSFERRED TO YOUR COUNTRY BEFORE WE JOIN YOU IN YOUR
COUNTRY.

PLEASE ALLWAYS WRITE US WITH THIS MAIL ADDRESS p_aka@mail.ru

GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR ASSISTING US.
BEST REGARDS
BEATRICE AND PRINCE AKA





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