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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: Nina dame <>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:30:08 +0000
Subject: All about me

Dearest ,
How are you today i hope you are fine and in perfect condition of
health, i am happy to hear from you now i have being expecting your
mail ever since i wrote you. I'm single and never married, i am from
Sudan in Africa and presently i am residing in the refugee camp here in
Dakar Senegal as a result of the war going on in my country.

My Name is Nina Dame, I am 24 years old am from the Republic of Sudan,
I'm the Daughter of Late Dr. David dame. Before my late father's death
he was chairman Grus-Melton Oil and Gas Company a private extracting
oil firm in Darfur Sudan, before the rebels attacked our house one
early morning and killed my mother and my father in a cold blood. I was
a female student at the University Khartoum Sudan, i was in my second
year in the university before the sudden and painful death of my beloved
father. I am a good girl loving and caring humble and respectful i will
love to have a good relationship with you and to know more about you. I
would like to build up a solid foundation with you, if you can be able
to assist me with all sincerity in your heart as i need a very God
fearing man with God heart to take care of me.

Honestly my condition here in the refugee camp is quite unbearable and
i am sick and tired of staying here any longer. Therefore I wish to
share with you in confidence that before the incident took place, there
was a certain amount of money totaling ($6.5 M USD) (Six million five
hundred thousand US dollars), which my late father deposited in Bank of
Africa, which i am the next of kin before he meet his untimely death
which claim the life of all my family.

Moreover, i wanted to facilitate this agreement by myself and I have
contacted the concern bank so many times but they told me to get my late
father death certificate confirming his death i try to get my late
father death certificate which the bank request, after they told me that
due to my refugee status and the law of the country they will not
release the fund to me, therefore i should present a partner or trustee
beneficiary who will help me stand on my behalf for them to transfer
the fund into my trustee account.

now I wish to seek for your assistance of a long standing relationship
of your help in transferring this my late fathers money with your name
into your account in your country pending my arrival to meet you for us
to start a new life over there, my condition here is terrible. Perhaps I
disclosed this to you alone by love and trust which i deposed in you and
wish the same from you.

Therefore, I shall give you other necessary information in my next
email if you will only promise me that you will not betray me or
disclosed this matter to anybody, because, this money is the only hope i
have for survival on earth since I have lost my parents. Moreover I have
the STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT and the DEATH CERTIFICATE here with me, but
before I give you further information, I will like to know your full

Your full Name..........
Mobile Telephone ......

I am now asking you to please help me stand on my behalf to make this
claim, stand as my trustee beneficiary oversea and in time of the
investment as well i promise you 25 % of the fund for your time wasting,
phone calls, as well by helping me out from this refugee camp, i will
forward you with every information of the bank and deposit certificate
of the fund on your acceptance to render this unforgettable help to me.

Meanwhile,you can reach me by the help of the pastor,Rev John dankah,
he is the Reverend father of the (CHRIST HOPE OF GLORY CHURCH) in the
camp here. So if you wish to speak with me, call the phone number of the
pastor (+221 77 27 32 748 ) and his e-mail address is, ( ) Just tell him that you want to speak with me
Nina dame, he will then send for me in the female hostel. Awaiting to
hearing from you soonest.


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