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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: "Z H" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 13:10:40 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend Compliment of the Season

Dear Friend Compliment of the Season

Compliment of the Season, how are you and how is your Business? I hope all
is Fine, Permit Me To Introduce Myself to you As I seek For Your Business

I Am Miss Nyamsuren Khongorzul, The Only Daughter Of My Late Parents Mr. And
Mrs. Khongorzul Tae. My Father Was A Highly Reputable Business Magnet-(A
Cocoa Merchant) Who Operated In The Capital Of Africa During His Days. It Is
Sad To Say That He Passed Away Mysteriously In France During One Of His
Business Trips Abroad On The 12th Day Of February. 2004. Though His Sudden
Death Was Linked Or Rather Suspected To Have Been Masterminded By An Uncle
Of His Who Travelled With Him At That Time. But God Knows The Truth! My
Mother Died When I Was Just 4years Old, And Since Then My Father Took Me So
Special. Presently I Am Living In Mongolia Where I Was Born. Before My
Father's Death On February 12th 2004 He Called The Secretary Who Accompanied
Him To The Hospital And Told Her That He Had A Sum Of Twenty One Million
Five Hundred Dollars (21.500,000) Kept at a BANK In (MONACO) France He Also
Said That My Father Used My Name To Deposit The Money As His only Daughter
For Next Of Kin. He Also Explained To Her That It Was Because Of This Wealth
That He Was Poisoned By His Business Associates, That I Should Seek For A
Foreign Partner In A Country Of My Choice Where I Will Transfer This Money
To And Use It For Investment Purposes. I Want You To Assist Me In Claiming
This Fund Into Your Account Overseas As A Beneficiary Of The Fund, And Also
Use It For An Investment Purpose. I Am Just A University Undergraduate And
Really Don't Know What To Do. Now I Want An Account Overseas Where I Can
Transfer These Funds. This Is Because I Have Suffered A Lot Of Set Backs As
A Result Of Incessant Political Crisis Here In Mongolia The Death Of My
Father Actually Brought Sorrow To My Life.

Dearest One, I Am In A Sincere Desire Of Your Humble Assistance In This
Regards Your Suggestions And Ideas Will Be Highly Regarded. Now Permit Me
To Ask These Few Questions:-
1. Can You Honestly Help Me As Your Daughter Or Sister?
2. Can I Completely Trust You?
3. What Percentage Of The Total Amount In Question Will Be Good For You
After The Money Is In Your Account?
4. I Will Like To Invest The Fund In Your Company Or Any Profitable Business
Area Of Your Choice.
Please, Consider This And Get Back To Me As Soon As Possible.

Sincerely Yours,
Miss Nyamsuren Khongorzul
You can reply me on this private email address: (

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