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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: Frank Paul <frankpaul170@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <frankpaul200@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 16:07:24 +0000
Subject: From Frank & Rose Paul



From Frank & Rose Paul

Dear One,

I am Frank Paul and My sister is Rose Paul, we are from sierra leone. we lost our father during the political crisis in our country under Tijan Kabbah Government. Our father was a serving director of the Cocoa exporting board. Before his death he deposited the sum of ($18.500, million dollar. in a private SECURITY COMPANY) hear in Cote d'Ivoire.

We want you to do us a favour to ship the metallic trunk box to your country to any safer place as the beneficiary. We have plans to do investment in your country.

This is our reason for writing to you. Please if you are willing to assist me and my only sister, indicate your interest in replying, a handsome reward awaits you as you consider to assist us ship the trunk box to your country for investment, we are seeking for your assistance to ship the trunk box consignment to your country if you will not betray us when the money gets into your country for investment ? so we can also relocate to your country to further our study and we are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum for your help.

Thanks and may God Bless you.Yours Sincerely,Frank and Rose Paul
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