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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: "rose guei" <roseguei_22@latinmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:51:31 +0100 (CET)
Subject: FROM MISS ROSE GUEI


FROM MISS ROSE GUEI
IVORY COAST WEST AFRICA
=20
DEAREST ONE
=20
I AM MISS ROSE GUEI FROM IVORY COAST AND I AM CONTACTING YOU BECAUSE I =
NEED YOUR HELP IN THE MANAGEMENT OF A SUM OF MONEY THAT MY LATE FATHER =
LEFT FOR THE FAMILY BEFORE HE WAS KILLED BY THE REBELS .AND AS HIS FIRS=
T DAUGHTER AND THE ONLY SURVIVAL IN THE FAMILY, WHY BECAUSE I WAS NOT A=
T HOME WHEN THEY ( THE REBELS ) ATTACK OUR HOUSE AND KILLED MY FATHER/M=
OTHER AND EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY, AND BEFORE THE SUDDEN DEATH OF MY=
FATHER,HE GAVE ME THE COVERING DOCUMENTS OF THE FUND DEPOSITED IN TH=
E SECURITY COMPANY, AS I AM HIS FIRST DAUGHTER AND HE SO MUCH LOVED =
ME THAT WAS WHY HE MADE ME THE BENEFICAIRY OF THE FUND.
=20
THIS MONEY IS 18.5 MILLION AMERICAN DOLLARS AND THE MONEY IS IN THE SE=
CURITY COMPANY HERE IN ABIDJAN. MY FATHER WAS EX MILITARY/EX PRESIDENT =
BEEN AN OPOSITION PARTY TO THE PRESENT GORVERNMENT OF COTE D'IVOIRE. =
ON THE 19TH SEPT 2002 MY FATHER/MOTHER INCLUDING EVERY MEMBER OF OUR F=
AMILY WAS MURDERED BY THE REBELS DURING THE TIME THEY ATTACK OUR HOUSE=
I AM THE ONLY ONE LEFT AND NOW I WANT YOU TO STAND AS MY GUIDIAN AND A=
PPOINTED BENEFICIARY AND RECEIVE THE MONEY IN YOUR COUNTRY SINCE I AM T=
OO YOUNG AND WITHOUT MOTHER NOR FATHER.
=20
PLEASE I WILL BE GLAD IF YOU REPLY TO ME ,SO THAT I WILL TELL YOU ALL =
THE INFORMATION AND THIS CONSIGNMENT WILL BE TRANSFERED TO YOU,SO THAT =
I CAN JOIN YOU THERE AND CONTINUE MY EDUCATION .
=20
I AM WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY AND I WILL CALL YOU AS SOON AS I HEA=
R FROM YOU. I WILL BESENDING YOU A COPY OF MY PICTURE SO THAT YOU WILL=
KNOW THE PERSON YOU ARE HELPING IN MY NEXT MAIL. PLEASE CONTACT ME AS=
QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

=20
THANKS.
MISS ROSE GUEI.

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e en M=E9xico! http://mx.starmedia.com/thepolice/

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