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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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Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 08:54:02 -0400
Subject: You receive new Messages

Dear Edwin,

We are glad to inform you that the member
juliegirl (70771) sends you a message!
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with due respect,
I am writing this letter with a broken hearted. Please I plead for your total concentration in order to hear me out, I know that this proposal might appear as a great surprise to you, but do consider it as an emergency.

My name is Juliet Kumassi, 21 year old girl and the only daughter of Late MR wilson Kumassi. My father was a very wealthy cocoa and gold merchant based in Accra (Ghana) and Abidjan (Ivory Coast) respectively. My parents were involved in a gastric motor accident last years on their way coming back from my uncle’s residence.

Two weeks after my parent’s death, my father’s relatives invaded our house and threatened to kill me if I don’t surrender to them the documents of my father’s properties which I gave them the ones that are there with me. My dear, by the special grace of the almighty I managed to escape with an important document. The deposit certificate of (20.6 MILLION) TWENTYMILLION, SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS that was deposited in a suspense account by my Late father in the bank which I am the next of kin. Though, when my father was still alive he warned me about his relatives, but I never knew it was all that serious until his death.

Right now, I am saddled with a problem of securing a trust worthy foreign personality who would help me transfer the money into his account as my guardian and trustee pending my arrival to meet with him. OR better still you can take me as your child and manage the money.

I am inclined to offer you 30% percent of the total fund as a mode of compensation for your effort towards the recovery of the fund. And 5% percent will be set aside for any expenses that might incur during the transaction. I wish you reply me back with my private mail box at juliet.kumassi1 at For more details.

I remain with the best regard
Juliet Kumassi.

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