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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 about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Rose Donatus" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 13:21:19 +0100
Subject: Contribute to relief me from pains & experience of a Widow.....

*Dear Sir,*

*I pray this important message meets you in peace, may blessings of God be
upon you and your family and grant you the wisdom to understand my
situations and how much I really need your assistance.*

* *

*I am widow Rose Donatus "37" the wife of late Mr. Donatus Yasser that died
recently in confrontation with allied forces in Sudan. *

* *

*I am now left with 3 children with no proper home of abode, in South Africa
it was unfortunate that my husband did not prepare his "WILL" before his
sudden death, now the family have taken over all his estate and fund
available without reconsidering the fact that my children are grow up enough
to take the possession of the late father properties. *

* *

*All what I need you to do for me is to stand as my distance family relation
outside Africa region so that as soon as I finish the court case, I will
sell the estate worth of (estimated $3million dollars) with other cash and
valuable and meet you up with my children to escape been lynch by the angry
family members, so that you can advise us on what and how to invest the

* *

*The money will be firstly transfer to your account before I meet you up for
further arrangement, as it may interest you to know, I got your impressive
information t**hrough the South Africa chamber of commerce on foreign
business relations here on m**y intensive search for a reliable partnership
and in which I can build my confidence in this negotiation outside

* *

*Please get in touch with me by replying to this email address that are
below, as I have just few days to arrange with you as soon as the court
verdict is given, I will expressly conclude on the necessary arrangement,
you could include your phone number if you prefer oral communication. *

* *** <>* *

*Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. *

* *

*My whole lots of regards and secrecy. *

* *

*Mrs. Rose Donatus.*

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