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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: marisa nwinyer <micheal_okpala@yahoo.co.in>
Reply-To: mmarisa6@excite.com
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:32:27 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Dear Good Dey


Dear Good Dey

I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events and fragile political situation in my country Liberia, but it has formed consistent headlines in the CNN, BBC news bulletins. I will so glad if you can accept to lead me to the right channel by means of your assistance to my situation now.I will make my proposal well known if I am given the opportunity. I would like to use this opportunity to introduce myself to you.

I am Marisa Nwinyer from Liberia i am 24 yrs old, the daughter of Late Mr Ale Nwinyer Chief Financial Officer for Budget under the leadership of president Charles Taylor who went for excile and presently facing trial on a case of genocide as for the killing of innocent souls.I presently under asylum in Daker Senegal.

The main reason why I am contacting you now is to seek your assistance in the area of our better future living and investment of huge sum Seven millon five hundred thousand dollars (us$7,500.000.00) my late father deposited for safe keeping under Finance company,Daker Senegal, in my name for safe keeping,
I want you to help me claim the money for transfer to your country on my behalf. As I have mention earlier I will give you more details on this issue on your acceptance to help me.

Pls send me your direct phone contact to reach you in your reply.
Thanks,i am waiting your reply.
Sincerely yours,
Miss Marisa Nwinyer


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