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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: Rose Aka <susan_kassy41@yahoo.co.jp>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2009 16:35:39 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Rose Akah

>From Miss Rose Akah
Plot 66 Rue 49 Marcoury
BP 19 Abidjan 19
Abidjan C'ote D'ivoire
West Africa

Dearest One,

Good day and how are you ? My name is Miss Rose Akah 23 years old from sierra leone, i intend to establish in your country, Though I have not met with you before but I believe,one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.

There is this huge amount of Eigth million U.S dollars ($8,000,000.00) which my late father Mr Harrison Akah deposited in one of the prime security company here in Abidjan before he was assasinated by unknow gangs.before his death he was the Director of Mines and power in mende district in
sierra leone.
Now i the only survived daughter decided to invest these money in your country or any where safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.
I want you to help me claim this money from the security company ,i mean standing as my guadian and beneficiary of the consignment untill the money is claimed which is for investment purposes on the followings below:

1). Telecommunication
2). Texile industry
3). Five star hotel

If you you can be of an assistance to me , i will be pleased to offer to you 15% Of the total fund.Extend my warmest regards to your family.
I await your soonest response..
Thank you and God bless you.
Sincerely Yours
Miss Rose Akah .





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