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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: "miss.daba_roland04" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 19:58:38 +0000
Subject: Good day

*Hello Beloveth,

Compliments of the day. I came across your contact address while searching
for someone to help me because I have no other alternative. My mother died
of cancer 2 months ago and I want a foreign partner to help me invest and
relocate. My father deid long ago before my mother and I am only child of my

Before the death of my father he made a deposit amounting USD$7.5 Million
with Credit Mutuel Du Senegal in West Africa with my name as the next of
kin. I tried to get the money from the bank but the bank management
refused,just because of my status here in Senegal as a refugee coupled with
my age. The legal department of the bank told me to solicit for an
assistance of a reliable personality who can stand as my trustee to
safeguard the funds and also manage the investment wisely as my father
directed them before his death.

I am afraid because I don't know how and where to start about it,and I will
appreciate if you can help me out. I will be pleased to explain more about
the transaction on the receipt of your response.You shall never regret
assisting me as I am ready to offer you 20% of the total sum immediately
after the transfer of the funds into your account.*

*God bless, your urgent response will be highly appreciate.*

Miss. Dabah Roland.*

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