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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: "rrose_mane16" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 20:36:02 +0200
Subject: Hello From Rosemary

Hello From Rosemary
I know my message will come to you as asurprise.Don't worry I was totally convinced to write you inreference of the transfer of US$ 18.5 Million toyouraccount for onward investment Hotel industries in your country.
I got your contact address on my desperate search for a reliable person/company for partnership investments overseas. I am Miss.Rosemary Mane the duagtherof DR Vincent Mane a Sierra Leone This fund represent the huge Sales of Gold and Diamond he diverted while in office as the director general for Gold and Diamond Mining Co-Operationin Sierra Leone DR Vincent Mane my late father was killed be his besiness associates because of his is business is doing well ,i was told to leave my country to Abidjan the capital city of Co´te d'Ivoire for my life sake after my mother was killed also, according to the will of my late father before his death he advise me to look for a foreigner who will stand as the beneficiary of the fund.
Meanwhile, I am writing to know if you can stand as the beneficiary of the fund It is here in Abidjan he deposited this said money in security company as family valuables. i got to know about thisinformation and as well able to recover all the relevant documents regards to this deposit through his foreign advise here in Abidjan.
If you are thus and truly willing to assist me and intransferring of this fund kindly write me through my email address ,More information about the lifting of this funds legally follows immediately after your positive reply at my private email address (
Best regards ,
Miss.Rosemary Mane

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