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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: Anita Dawa <>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 20:39:30 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Thank You

Thank You
My dear

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you.

I am Ms Anita Dawa the only daugther of late Mr and Mrs Samson Dawa from Republic of Namibia also in Africa. My father was Cote d' Ivory Contractor Egineer based in Abidjan the economic capital of Ivory Coast in west Africa before he was poisoned to death by one of his business associates on one of their outing to disscus on a business deal.

When my mother died,my father took me specail because i am motherless before the death of my father on 30th May 2008 in a private hospital in my country which he secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he deposited the sum of $10.500.000 (Ten Million, five hundred thousand dollars) left in a suspence account in one of the bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name Ms Anita Dawa as his first daugther as the next of kin in depositing the fund,and he also handed over to me the documents covering the deposit of the money.

I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways. 1) To provide a Bank account where this money would be transferred to. 2) To serve as the guardian of this money since I am only 21 years and i have never been in any bank transaction since i was born that's why i needed your assistance mostly.

Moreover,i am willing to offer you a reasonable % of the total sum as compensation for effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your designateaccount overseas.

Hoping to haer from you soonest.

May our almighty GOD bless you

Ms Anita Dawa

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