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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: "ANITA RICHARD" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 15:01:53 +0000
Subject: Waiting To Hear From You.

Dear friend
I am writting this letter with due respect and heartful of tears since we have not known or met ourselves previously. I am asking for your assistance after getting your contact from a reliable source.I want to find out if it's possible for you to deal with individual as to investment.

I came across your name and address and after praying over it, i decided to get across to you in respect of investment at my disposal.I will be so glad if you can allow me and lead me to the right channel towards your assistance to my situation now.I will make my proposal well known if I am given the opportunity.

I would like to use this opportunity to introduce myself to you. Well I am MISS ANITA RICHARD the only daughter of Mr. Mboka RICHARD, a diamond dealer from KENEMA in Sierra Leone. My father is now late,he died some months back during the last and current crisis in my country(SierraLeone). He was Killed by the rebels for refusing to join and sponsor them.main reason why I am contacting you now is to seek your assistance in the area of my future investment and also for a help hand over some huge amount of money in my possession.
This money (US$7 Million)is deposited in a secuirty and finance company in Dakar,Senegal some years ago by my father and he made me the sole beneficiary . I am now asking you to stand on my behalf to claim the deposit from the security company and assist me on investing it as well in your country.

I have made up my mind to offer you 25%of the total money and also map out 5% for any expensive that will be made during the transaction while the remaining will go into a productive investment.As I have mention earlier I will make the procedure to this issue to be well know to you,if I am given the opportunity to do so.
Pls attach your direct and full information as you reply to this mail.
Thanks and remain bless.

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