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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: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 01:36:55 +0900 (JST)

This mission which will no doubt be tasking had made me to recently relocated to Cote d' Ivoire, Africa where I live presently.I am willing to donate the sum of $9,500.000.00 Million US Dollars which was deposited a security company to you for the development of philanthropism and also as aids
for the less privileged around you.

Please note that, this fund is lying in a Security Company in Cote d' Ivoire To enable you and your organisation,get this funds,I will advice you to contact me urgently with my altanative email address, so that we can arrange for the Diplomatic transfer of the consignment to you with your
conclusion with the security company and also transfer the ownership and the beneficiary to your name.

Please i want an urgent reply from you soonest.Lastly, I want you and your families to be praying for me as regards my entire life and my health.

I repeat again ,kindly send me your reply through this private mail address ok :

Yours in Christ,
Madam romina Ahmed.

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