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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 09:26:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: HELLO

Dearest one

In a brief introduction,

I am Miss Alh Mamanbelo (21 years of age) the only surviving daughter of late Dr. Konel Mamanbelo. I am in possession of documents covering the deposit of US$5.7 Million (Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars) which my late father deposited in one of the local bank here in
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. I have verified with the bank and they did confirm to me that the fund exists in their bank. This fund is of no criminal origin as it was realised from sales of the café cacao.

I am soliciting for your kind assistance in providing an account where this fund can be transferred for further investment. You will also serve as the guardian to this fund when it gets to your account. I will give you more details as soon as I hear from you, and I will want you to tell me what
will be your percentage for assisting me. Please if you decide not to assist me, just delete the message, I don’t want you to divulge it to anyone.

I wait to hear from you.

Yours sincerely

Miss Alh Mamanbelo

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