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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:

Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 18:05:19 +0200

Good day and Compliments,

I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of
God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and reward you
abundantly and you would never regret this.

I am a female student from University of Burkina-Faso, Ouagadougou . I am 25
yrs old. I'd like any person who can be caring, loving and home oriented. I
will love to have a long-term relationship with you and to know more about
you. I would like to build up a solid foundation with you in time coming if
you can be able to help me in this transaction.

Well, my father died earlier two months ago and left I and my junior brother
behind. He was a king, which our town citizens titled him over sixteen years
before his death.

I was a princess to him and I am the only person who can take care of his
wealth now because my junior brother is still young and my mother is not
literate enough to know my entire father's wealth. He left the sum of USD
10,350, 000.00 dollars (Ten Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand US
Dollars) in a security company. This money was annually paid into my late
fathers account from Shell petroleum Development Company (spdc) and chevron
Oil Company operating in our locality for the compensation of youth and
community development in our jurisdiction.

I don't know how and what I will do to invest this money somewhere in
abroad, so that my father's kindred will not take over what belongs to my
father and our family, which they were planning to do without my present
because I am a female as stated by our culture in the town.

Now, I urgently need your humble assistance to move this money from the
security company to your bank account and I strongly believe that by the grace
of God, you will help me invest this money wisely. I am ready to pay 20% of
the total amount to you if you help us in this transaction and another 10%
interest of Annual after Income to you, for handling this transaction for
us, which you will strongly have absolute control over.

If you can handle this project sincerely and also willing to assist me in
lifting this fund, kindly reach me. Please, note that this transaction is
100% risk free and I hope to commence the transaction as quick as possible,
I will send you my picture as soon as I hear from you. Kindly reply me back
to my private mail box (

Yours sincerely,

Princess Safoura Dagogo(ms).

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