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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: "Mrs Rose Goddard" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 12:55:43 +0700
Subject: Investments Proposal


Compliment of the day,

My name is Mrs Rose Goddard ,a widow and from the nation of Sierra Leone,a West African war torn nation, My husband worked in the biggest Diamond Minning Coporation in Freetawn Sierra Leone ,which he was incharge of accounts ,We both live happily with our son William till the day the Millitery Junta war started.

When the war broke out and the pendemonium that followed, I had to escape with my son and Deposite Cash Documents immediatelly after the brutal murder of my husband,which is after he was accused of financial Mismanegement by the then rabel leader and Head of Millitery junta Mr Forday Sankoh ,although he [ Sankoh ] claimed to be unconnected to the killing but after all I experienced from the rabels,I think i had to run for the safty of myself and my son ,with the cash which is in sum of $14 Million American Dollars .

My reason of contacting you is to solicit for your assistance and to stand as my trustee in having this cash successfully moved to your country where i will have to invest in a good bussiness or if accepted by you form a Joint Venture bussiness with you ,for the mutual benefit of both of us. Although am still very ready to pay you a trustee or rather commit it same to the joint venture collaboration ,back in my country trustee fee is withen the range of 15 to 20 % of the total fund. Upon your acceptancy and willingness to stand as my trustee in handling this transaction i will be pleased to direct you on the financial institution which i kept the fund for safe custody.

Please i implore you to handle this transaction with utmost confidentiality as the future of myself and my only son solely depend on the success of this transaction .I look forward to hearing positively from you very soon . Thanks in advance for your Co-operations.

Best Regards ,
Mrs Rose Goddard.

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