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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 Rose Aura" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 19:52:05 +0000
Subject: From Miss Rose Aura

Dearest One ,
I am persuaded to reach you by faith believing that you will accept
this offer in good faith.

I am Miss Rose Aura the daughter of Augustine Aura I
am in the position of 5.5 Million Euro which I want to invest in a lucrative
business venture in your country. This money is of no criminal origin as
it was released from the alluvial gold dust sold During the war when my
father the Governor of Katanga Providence.

I now want to move this money abroad and invest it in
a profitable ventures as time is now ripe for such

What I ask of you is :

1.To assist me transfer this fund to any stable
country abroad.

2.To Assist me invest this money in a profitable
business venture in your country or any other suitable
country where you have good connections.

3.To manage this fund in a profitable manner
preferable a joint venture.

4.To help me relocate after the successful transfer of
this fund to your account.

I will give you 20% for your kind assistance to me. We
shall discuss term and percentage. I will give you
further details as soon as I hear from you.

Best wishes
Miss Rose Aura

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