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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: "Florence" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 17:14:55 +0000
Subject: Thabks


I am contacting you with reason that we are going to be of a great use
each other.
My name Florence Moura, I am the Daugther of late chief Venanco Moura
before his death, my father was the former foreign minister of my
Angola . Before I go into further details.

please be informed that I am writing without any other person's
pre-knowlegde of my contacting you. Therefore i will appreciate same
attitude to be maintained. all through the days before the death of my
father he revealed to me about a some that loged in BANK which he
with my name in a BANK in Senegal for security reasons the sum of
$8.5Million which was his own share from a sale of Diamond when he
was in the office,

After the burial of my late father, I made frantic effort on the
best way to handle this money, I decide to seek for trustworthy
However, I sincerely ask for your assistance to get this fund
out of the BANK and your share for assisting me will be
15% of the total sum, 7% will be use for upsetting all the
expenses incurred in the course of concluding this venture and the
remaining 78% you will help me to invest it in your country.

I want to assure you that this transactions is 100% risk free.
Incase if you have any question do not hesitate to contact me
as I wait for your favourable response.

Best regards
Florence Moura.

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