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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 08:09:30 +0000 (GMT)

firstly I thank you for your reaction to mine email; Enline with the message, which I have sent to you.
was your night over there in your country,i believe you had a nice
night and that the arthmosphere over there in your country is very nice
today? Mine is a little bit warm over here in Dakar Senegal.
My name is Anne Desmond  i am (24) but age doesn't matter in a real relationship, so i am confortable with your age,I am from Rwanda in East
Africa  ,5.4ft tall, light in complexion single,(never married ) and presently i am residing here in Dakar as a result of the civil war that was fought  in my country some years ago.
late father Dr Philip Desmond;  was a politician and the managing
director of a Gold & Mine Ind in Kigali (the capital of Rwanda)
before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my
mother and my father in cold blood.
It was only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to a near by country Senegal where i am leaving now as a refugee under a Reverend-Pastor's care and i am using his computer to send these message to you.
I would like to know more about you. Your
likes and dislikes,
Do to not be offended for  this message that come;s from me please,
fair which to me obliged to put simple trust on you due to my situation
here as the refugee and I shall demand most your conscientiousness
after yours to know about me, I shall really grow fond we to have good
inspite attitudes therefore I have this as a trust which i belive that
you can not betray it at the  end. I have communicated you because of 
my difficaute situation here in this refugees camp;Its just like one
staying in the prison and i hope by Gods grace i will come out here
i don't have any relatives now whom i can go to all my
relatives ran away in the middle of the war the only person i have now
is     Rev- Paul Devine , who is the pastor of the (CHRIST DE SAVIOR
MISSION) here in the camp he has been very nice to me since i came here but i am not living with him rather i am leaving in the
women's hostel because the camp have two hostels one for men the other for women.
Pastors Tel number is (+221 7714 92401)  .  if you call  and tell him
that you want to speak with me he will send for me in the hostel.As a
refugee here i don't have any right or privilledge to any thing be it
money or whatever because it is against the law of this country.My love
I want to go back to my studies because i only attended my first year
before the traggic incident that lead to my being in this situation now
took place.
Please listen to this(please it's a secret,even no
one knows about it ecept the Reverend that knows about it),i have my
late father's statement of account and death certificate here with me
which i will send to you latter,because when he was alive he deposited
some amount of money in a leading Foreign bank which he used my name as

the next of kin,the amount in question is $7.6(Seven Million Six
Hundred Thousand USDollars).
So i will like you to help me
transfer this money to your account and from it you can send some money
for me to get my travelling documents and air ticket to come over to
meet with you.I kept this secret to people in the camp here the only
person that knows about it is the Reverend because he is like a father
to me.So in the light of above i will like you to keep it to  yourself
and don't tell it to anyone for i am afraid of loosing my life and the
money if people gets to know about it.
Remember i am giving you
all this information due to the trust i deposed on you.I like honest
and understanding people,truthful and a man of vision,hardworking and
GOD fearing people.My favourite language is english but our language is
french but i speak english very fluently.Meanwhile i will like you to
call me like i said i have alot to tell you Attached here is my
picture.I will send you more in my next mail.Have a nice day and think
about me.Awaiting to hear from you soonest.
Yours in love,
Miss Anne

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