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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: "Miss Elizabeth Alamara Nhasse" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 09:57:31 +0000

Good day,
I know it looks really strange for you to receive this email from me mostly due to the facts that this medium (INTERNET) has been greatly abused . But, I can assure you that this transaction is (100%) risk free, legitimate and transparent.

However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you, as we have not met personally or had any formal dealings in the past.
My names are Miss Elizabeth Alamara Nhasse, from Guinea-Bissau. The daughter of the former Prime Minister by name (Alamara Nhasse) before the Government was toppled On November 14, 2002.

I have some amount of money which I inherited from my father. The amount is ($7.5 Seven Million, Five Hundred United States Dollars}.

I will want you to assist me in investing part of this money in your country with an honest and reputable person in any viable and lucrative business you deem fit.

Please, do contact me directly via (

Looking forward to your positive response.
Best Regards,
Miss Elizabeth Alamara Nhasse.

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