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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: "jenn momoh" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 00:48:11 +0100
Subject: From Miss: Jenet Serwa MOMOH

From Miss: Jenet Serwa MOMOH
Accra, Ghana.

Good day and how are you today together with your family? I hope fine.
Please look not unto race or religion, because this has been problem facing
the world as a whole. please do Permit me to inform you of my desire of
asking you to be a guardian or foster parent to me and then help me out in
what i am about to tell you. I'm Jenet Serwa MOMOH (17years old) from Cote
d'Ivoire, and the only child of Late Mr. & Mrs. Robbert Momoh. My father was
a very wealthy cocoa and gold merchant in Cote d'Ivoire.
He was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their
outings on a business trip.

My mother died when i was a baby. Before the death of my father on December.
2007 in a private hospital in Cote d'Ivoire, he secretly called me by his
bed side and told me that he has the sum of thirteen million seven hundred
thousand United States Dollars USD ($13,700,000) deposited in a bank in
Accra Ghana. He told me that he used my name (Jenet Serwa MOMOH) as the next
of Kin to deposit the money. He then strongly advised me NOT to seek for
assistance in the investment of the money from his lawyer nor any of his
friend here but to seek for a foreign partner from any country of my choice
(outside my country,Cote d'Ivoire ) that will assist me in the wise
investment of the money.I have since left the money in the bank, with the
view of making use of it for investment purposes after my educational

I am presently in Ghana,where the money is deposited by my late father and
finally i decided to take quick actions and have this money retrieved out
of the country Ghana. I am presently taking shelter in a church since my
uncles have collected all my fathers properties saying that i am a female
child that i do not have any rite in the family.
That is why i need your urgent assistance to transfer this money out to your
country and I will use it for investment purpose like real estate management
or hotel management Because of this i am honorably seeking your assistance
in the following ways:

(1) To be my guardian and then assist me financialy to see that this money
is retrieve from the bank.
(2) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my
education and then settle there parmanently.
I am willing to offer you, 15% of the total money as compensation for your
assistance. Please let me know if you feel the percentage i offered is not
ok by you.As soon as i recieve your full assurance and corporation, I will
then give you the contact information of the bank, for you to find out the
requirement we need to proceed so that the money can be released.

Please, i will like you to come down here so that i we will both go to the
bank together.
I will also like you to think and pray about this very well before replying
back to me.
May God Bless you.

Miss.Jenet Serwa MOMOH

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