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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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Fraud email example:

From: Rosemary Momanko <>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 18:19:20 +0700 (ICT)
Subject: From:Miss Rosemary Momanko

From:Miss Rosemary Momanko
Abidjan Ivory Coast .
Good day Dearest One,

Greetings and How are you today, I am Miss Rosemary Momanko I would like you to permit me to apply through this medium for your co-operation and to secure opportunity to invest with you in your country.I have a substantial capital Ihonorably Inherited from my late father late Mr. B.Momanko , who the Epmgigo rebels killed recently in poltical crisis in our country that have resulted to war since this past two years.I intend to invest this money in profitable areas in your country into a very lucrative business venture of which you are to advise and execute the said venture over there for the mutual benefits of both of us .It is The sum of ( $14.800.000 (USD ) .

I shall be glad to reserve this respect and opportunity for you, if you so desire, but do urge you to give the matter your immediate attention it deserves.I want you to be rest assured that everything is in order and legitimate it was due to the political crisis in our country that have resulted to war which cause everybody to find a way to get out the country,that make's me to use this medium to request for your assistance hoping that you will not let me down. Please I want you to quickly help me out from this my bad situation because of this political crisis going on now in my country.

My life is not safe dwon here due to the political crisis going on in my country now which is about to bring a war and everyday I am afraid to die young. Sincerely I am feeling pains all over my bodies because I have nobody to encourage me anylonger, cheer me up, console me, tender me, love me or even care for me. All days I think about my dead parent because I miss them so much. Because of my thinkings all days I am always sleepless all night and a lots of adventures.My sufferness is too much for me to withstand, comparable to my age, 18 years old and an orphan lady by the way. No father, no mother, no relatives, no friends. Imaging myself being alone at this tender age.

Sincerely, if you could help me out as you promised me, franckly speaking I will always be of enough appreciations to you throughout my lifetime and I will always remember your goodness to me all the entire days of my life.

I promised to offer you 10% commission of the total sum, provided you help me out from my situation and another 5% for any expense that you make during the entire of this transaction until the succesful end of it.

I will give you every informations as soon as I hear from you to further this transaction immediately as the bank said that it will only take them 3 working days to transfer the money into your bank account.

Waiting with Thanks.

Miss Rosemary Momanko

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