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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: Alisa Donna <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 16:35:57 +0000
Subject: Waiting to hear from you

Dear Friend,
I am Miss Alisa Donna from serrie-lone writing you from Ghana, I beleive by God's grace I got your contact in confidence After asking for God's directions,Despart I never disclose why I needed your contact to any body. I wish to know if you can assist me in by removing and handling both my fund of (TWENTY TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS)US.$22.500.000.00.and invest Presently in your land of business,the fund and gold is still in the Security Company,where my late Father deposited it for safe keeping and my Father never disclosed the content of the Luggages to the Security Company, he only decleard it as "personal/family treasure"because he donot want the company to know the content of the boxes. Since you are involved in associated business in your country, I will love if I will invest the fund in your business and you help me look for a buyer of gold over there, because I do not know any body overseas,and I don' t want to do anything here in Africa. I need a God fearing person who will assist me very well in this fund that I am about to invest overseas, where it will be invest properly with the person's advice.Actually I do not want involvement of any African because of my safety,they killed my Father becouse of his money.If you can assist me receive this fund, kindly send to me your phone number and your full name and address for me to get you approved as our beneficiary,because I want to finalize this in five or six days from today. Please let me know if you are interested to assist me so that we can discuss about your percentage and compensation.

Yours faithfully, From sister alisa donnaAlternative
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