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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: Amisa Vetro <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:30:00 +0800 (CST)
Subject: From Miss Amisa Vetro.

>From Miss Amisa Vetro.

Dearest One,

How are you doing today? Hope fine. Greatly impressed I felt going through your profile Effective, I Confirmed That You Will Be an honest person to help me invest my inherited properties in your country. I am Miss Amisa Vetro, 21 years old of REPUBLIC OF RWANDA. Live in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, I Contacted you based on my proposal, my father just Passed away on the month of July 2010, while my mother died when i was 5 yrs old.

There is some amount of money (Eight million United State Dollars ) $ 8,000,000.00 my father kept in one the security firm for safe keeping and named me the beneficiary / next of kin to the deposit, it is by his grace the company has Summoned me to come forward with my guardianship for the claim of the deposit. Due to my age and a university under graduate, I brought this vital information to you believing that you will come to my aid with a great support and opinion to invest this money in your country, all I want from you is to give me a foreign support to secure this money into foreign account in abroad and also prepare my stay permit to live in your country and invest the funds under your advises.

It would give me a great joy if you can help me to retrieve this inheritance from the Finance firm, I would also expect you to act as my foreign legal trustee to avoid loosing this inheritance, since my parents are no more again and I am a foreigner here.

I have all the documents of the deposit given to my father by falling on the time of the deposit and I assure you the papers and the authorization to cliam this deposit on my favor and on my behalf. I also assure you that the security firm will not hesitate to release the inheritance to us if you can come forward with the details of the deposit I would make available to you and as well as the the decuments deposit

I will like to continue my education in your country after the fund is successfully claimed to your country and invest in a real industrial output estate and any Where the fund will keep growing for our benefit. Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage will be good in issue for you Effective and Gold is the money transfer to you in your country.

Please Consider this and get back to me as soon as I confirm your willingness possible.Immedaitely, I will send to you my Picture and ¨¦galement inform you more details Involved in this matter.

Tanks and God bless you,
Miss Amisa Vetro.

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