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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:

Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 14:19:32 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Waiting to hear from you soon.

Good day,

I am writting this letter with due trust and heartful of tears and we have not known or met previously.

I am asking for your assistance after getting your contact in my search for god fearing person the will ready to help me.

I want to find out if it's possible for you with due respect.

I will be so glad if you can lead me to the right channel towards your assistance to my situation now.

I have all the legal documents to back up the transaction, besides i have worked out the modalities to ensure smooth and risky free .

I would like to use this opportunity to introduce myself to you, Well I am Ms. Felin J.Noah, a diamond dealer from Liberia.

My father is now late,he died some months back during the last and current crisis in my country (Liberia). He was Killed by the rebels for refusing to join and sponsor them.

Main reason why I am contacting you now is to seek your assistance in the area of my future and also for a help hand over some amount of money in my possession for investment.

This money (US$21.7 Million)is deposited in a secuirty and finance company some years ago by my father and he made me the sole beneficiary.

I am now asking you to stand on my behalf to claim the deposit from the security company and assist me on investing it as well in your country.

I will offer you 15% of the total money and also map out 10% for any money that will be spent during the transaction while the remaining will go into a productive investment.

As I have mention earlier I willmake the procedure to this issue to be well know to you,i will direct you on how to make the claim .

Please if you would'nt attach your direct and full information when replying.

Thanks and remain bless.

Ms. Felin J.Noah.

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