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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: Vannessa Attipoe <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 10:40:19 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: I want to come your country please help me.

Reply urgently.
Please reply me here 
Please i desparately need you to help me out of a terrible predicament. i know this my message may surprise you but, i beg of you to accept it as it involves my survival . I'm a girl of 21 years. my name is VANNESSA, the only child of MR. RICHARD ATTIPOE (Former Minister of Sports Lome Togo) who died since June 3rd, 2007. See the website below :
I want to be away from the present crisis within my dad's family over his estate. Luckly,
i 'm the only person with information and some documents about a total of US$3.752,000.00 ( three million, seven hundred and fifty-two thousand United States of American dollars) which he secretly deposited in one Bank account in the Republic of Togo.
now, i write you to help me to transfer this total money into any reliable bank account you can provide for me. i want to present your name as the bonafide beneficiary of the fund to enable the bank pay the money into your account as soon as possible. i agree to give you percentage we may agree on out of the total money for your help immediately the money comes into your account. i really want to come to your country to continue my education and invest my share of this money. so i seriously need your help. i promise to handle everything with you very very confidentially. please give me your contact address,photo and telephone number as i will also give you mine for my full trust to discuss further with you. i'm anxiously awaiting your good reply as soon as possible.
Thank you for your kindness.
Vannessa Attipoe

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