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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:

Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 16:16:35 +0900
Subject: Dear Respectful,

Dear Respectful,

Warm greetings to you and your family in the name of God. I am aware that this is not a formal approach in starting a relationship, but as time goes on, you will realise the need for my approach. My email to you will come as a surprise since i don't know you in person. But if this message comes to you out of your wish, i am very sorry. I hope that you will read through this email and understand how difficult things can be for someone in a particular period in life.

My name is Miss. Julen White i am 22years now, i was a student in the University of Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire I am the only daughter of late Chief Moses White who Died recently in italy earthqueck last few month which you heard about it my parents is among them there in italy.And before he travel he has $9 Miilion U.S.D (Nine million dollars)in security company here in Abidjan which i am the next of kin as the only child. My dad has planed to purchase and import some cocoa processing machines and the development of another factory, unfortunately he did not meet his target before his untimely death,The reason why i contacted you for help is due to the agreement my late father had with the security company during the deposit of the trunk box.

I have suffered in so much pain since i lost my family. So i have decided to go out of this country and invest in your country if you will accept to receive the trunk box through the security company shippment to your country if you can not come here. why i contacted you is that i dont know anything about investor or business so you can help me invest it while i will be with you to further my education Please, if you will help me realise this shippment and get me out of this pain, You will have 20% of the total money as compensation for your effort, Please i am begging you to help me by indicating your interest in your reply to this mail if willing.

This is what the security company needs to shipp the trunk box to your country.

1.Your telephone number.
2.Your office or home adress.
3.A copy of your pic to avoid wrong delievering.

Thanks and may God bless you

Yours Sincerely
Miss.Julen White.

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