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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: rose williams <>
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 07:26:14 GMT

Dear Friend,
Complement of the day,
My dear I know this mail will come to you as a surprise since we haven't discuses it before, but kindly bear with me at this moment. I have a special reason why I decided to contact you. My situation at hand is miserable but I trust in Almighty and hope you will be of my help.
Meanwhile I want to let you know that i got your email id from your country chambers of commerce
My name is Rose Williams Medical student i am 23years old girl and I held from Republic of Sudan the daughter of Late Mr Omar Williams the owner of Brisco car dealer company, at the Khartoum in Sudan,
He was killed alongside with my beloved mother and our family house burnt down by the rebels during the last crisis in my country when Janjaweed militias came to our house,
You can read more about my country in the BBC news
I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment which I am receiving from my step mother house. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved parents.
Meanwhile I wanted to go Europe , but she hides away my international passport and other of my valuable documents which I kept.
Luckily for me she did not discover where I kept my late father's File which contained important documents. So that is while I manage to escape from my country to Burkina-Faso country.
Which I don’t know anybody there just for me to claim my late father’s left deposited family luggage box containing $4.3 Million U.S Dollars with Global Security and Finance Company here in Burkina Faso, for safe keeping.
I am presently staying in the Mission camp in Burkina Faso . Where I am seeking for long-term relationship and investment assistance. Of my late father’s of blessed memory deposited luggage box.
I went to the security company to clear the family deposited luggage box but the operation Manager told me that being a refugee, my status according to the local law does not authorize me to carry out the operation.
However, he advised me to provide a trustee who will stand on my behalf. I had wanted to inform my step mother about this my Late Father’s deposited family luggage box but I am afraid that she will not offer me anything after the release of the luggage into her receiving position.
Therefore, I decide to seek for your help in transferring this my late father's deposited luggage box to abroad. While I will relocate to your country and settle down with you. I have my father’s evident to prove which I will give you as soon as you indicated your interest to help me out in this matter. You will introduce me in any profitable investment venture which you will recommend to me as have no any idea about foreign investment.
I am waiting to read your letter today,
Yours Sincerely
Miss Rose Williams


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