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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: "rose4love2" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 17:10:35 +0200
Subject: Hello From Rosemary

Hello From Rosemary

I am Miss.Rosemary Mane the Daughter to the late formal Director of Gold and Diamond Mining Co-operation in my country Sierra Leone Dr Vincent mane.I know my message will come to you as a surprise,l got your contacts through globalsource ,on my desperate search for a reliable person/ companies for partnership investments overseas and am convinced to write you about a transfer of (US$ 18.5 Million) to your account for onward investments ,Hotel industries in your country.

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-Operation in Sierra Leone. my late father was killed by his business associates because his business was doing well.

l was told to leave my country to Abidjan the capital City of Cote D'Ivoire for my life sake after my Mother was also killed. According to the will of my late father before his sudden death he advise me to look for a Foreign business associate who will stand as the beneficiary of the fund,l got to know about this informations and also recover all the relevant documents regarding to this Deposit through his foreign advice.

Meanwhile, I am writing to know if you can stand as the Beneficiary of this fund, It is here in Cote D'voire,the capital city Abidjan He deposited the fund in a Security Company as Family valuables. I await your prompt response,More information about the lifting of this funds legally follows immediately. my private email address (

Best regards ,
Miss.Rosemary Mane

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