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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: Roseline Amma <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 08:42:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: In Confidence.


With due respect and humility I write you this
proposal which I believe would be of great interest to
you. I am MRS ROSELINE AMMA, the wife of the late DR,
JAMIN AMMA of the blessed memory, Prior to my Husband
assassination by the rebel forces loyal to Major Paul
Koromah, he was the Director general National Gold and
diamond Mining Corporation of Sierra Leone. before my
husband was assassinated, he instructed me and my
children prince and sator) to move out of Sierra Leone
Immediately,before the powerful Economic Community of
West Africa States ( ECOMOG) forces intervened which
eventually resulted into a brutal civil war.

I and my children managed to escape to Abidjan,
Republic of Cote d' Ivoire through the help of my
Husband friend. We came into Abidjan with some thing
valuables including cash sum of $30,000,000,00 (
boxes which I deposited with a security company here
with my first son 's name ( prince Amma).

For your information we did not disclosed the real content of
the boxes to the security company and we do not wish
them to know this under any circumstances. Rather, we
deposited the box as containing family valuables.

Meanwhile, I want to leave Cote d' Ivoire entirely
with this money for investment in your country because
of the stable political situation and mostly for the
future of my children. I therefore require you to
please assist me in the following areas, hence my
children are still underage.

1) Changing the ownership of the money in your name as
the sole beneficiary, to enable us transfer the money
into your country.
2) You are also required to negotiate for the best
project where this money could be invested.
3) Above every other thing you shall keep the
confidentiality of this transaction.

We have it in mind to reward you handsomely for your
assistance. We are prepared to give you 20% of the
total sum, while 5% will cover any expenses made. Also
you shall have 5% of the total profit of the
investment because you are to manage it for my

Do not hesitate to contact my son prince on
this email adress Immediately you receive this letter
toenable us proceed in Ernest towards concluding this

May God bless you as you assist us.
Yours sincerely
Mrs Roseline Amma.

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