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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: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 07:44:46 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Miss Angela

I am introducing my self as Miss. Angela Linda Andani, the only Daughter of late Chief and Mrs Yakubu Andani, I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction., And I wish to invest in Manufacturing and real estate management in your country.

I have Sixteen million five hounded thousand United States dollars. USD ($16.500, 000) to invest in your country, and I will require your assistance in helping me stand as my late father's foreign business partner who he deposited the consignment on his behalf into the security, the consignment
was deposite in Africa and was letter lifted to Europe where the consignment is now under the care of the security company diplomat in Europe. I will be gladly to give you 15% of the total sum for your assistance.

Please it is very important you contact me immediately for further explanation on the whole entire work plan.
Please reply to this email
Awaiting your immediate response
Thanks and God bless.
Best Regards

Angela Linda Andani

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