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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: "Vladmira Dugan" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 01:56:56 +0200
Subject: Letter From Vladmira,

Dearest Friend,

I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events and the late
fragile political situation of our country Kenya,but it had formed
consistent headlines in the CNN,BBC news bulletins.

My name is Jane Dugani,i'm 21 years old from Kenya. i am the Daughter of
Late Mr. Kazeemla J. Dugani. My late father before hisdeath, was the Formerl
Minister works. My Father was kill by the oposition in the present
government of Kenya,in which he denyed. The main reason why we are
contacting you now, is to seek for your urgent assistance in the area of our
future investment out this country. And also for a helping hand over some
amount of money which my Late father left for us as inheritance before this
untimely death.

This money amounted at the sum of (US$9.5million) Nine Millon Five Hundred
Thousand Dollars. my late father deposited it in outside our country years
ago. We are outside our country now, in a refugee camp. And we Kenya after
the death and burial ceremony of my father. i came to contact you tohelp us
stand as our foreign partner to help me retrieve this money andalso secure
visa to abroad to your country for investments of this moneyinto realestate
investments and industrial productions.

I have contacted the bank where this money was deposited in Cote D'Ivoire,
butthey explained to me that due to my refugee status they will not
releaseit to me,that i should present somebody or a company to stand on
mybehalf. i am now asking you to please help me and stand on my behalf for
the claim of this money as my fathers foreign parther/investor in Oversea.

Please if you are willing to assist me,please kindly indicate your interest
and contact me;
Miss Vladmira Dugani.

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