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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:

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 18:45:15 +0200
Subject: From Miss Zeynaba Mogom.

Hello My Dear ,

I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of
God for you to help me out of this predicaments , God almighty will bless
and reward you aboundantly, I am Miss Zeynaba Mogom 24 years of age and
single,I am loving, caring and home oriented despite the fact that I am
from royal family. I will love to have a long-term relationship with you and
to know more about you and build up a solid foundation with you in time

Well, my father was the managing director of Mogom and Associate (Ltd) and
was the peronal advicer to former Head of State of our country (Ivory
Coast), before the rebels attacked our house one early morning killed my
father also my mother in a cold blood, i managed to make my way to near by
country Senegal with my junior brother 12 years who later died after some
months here in the refugee camp.

My father deposited the sum of USD,7.3000 000 dollars (SEVEN MILLION THREE
HUNDRED US DOLLARS,) in a Bank, when the war is about to start, which he
deposited with my name as the next of kin and the bank has told me that
due-to my status as a refugee that i can not operate the account and they
told me to look for a foreigner who will stand on my behalf and claim the
money into a foreign account.

Now,I urgently need your humble assistance to move this money from the firm
into your account. Please, note that this transaction is 100% risk free and
I hope to commence the transaction as quick as possible, I will send you my
photograph as soon as I hear from you.

Yours sincerely,
Zeynab Missing you with love and trust

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