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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: Ivyrose one Kobena <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 05:09:36 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Respectful One,
I am writting you this letter with due respect and heartful of tears since we have not known or met each orther before, I am asking for your assistance after I have gone through a profile that speaks good of you. I will be so glad if you can allow me and lead me to the right channel towards your assistance . firstly, I have to introduce my self to you, my name is  ivy rose  the only surviving daughter of late Mr.john   kobena, may his soul rest in perfect peace. i am an under graduate studying geology at east legon university Ghana  in our neighbouring country  before the death of my father, he was a cocoa merchant and he was also in the government of my country. he was assassinated with  my mother and my two elder brothers by the rebels during the heat of the war in my country. the rebels claim that my father was in support of the government during the war that divided my country into two part.
Luckily for me, i was away in the burden school in Ghana a neighbouring country. it was on the bbc Africa that i heard about the tragic death of my parents and brothers but my father was still alive at the time of gun shot and was rushed to the hospital. i was taken to the hospital where he was receiving treatment for gun wounds. one week before his death, he called me to his bed side at the hospital and handed a document to me. the document is covering a deposit of Three million, five hundred thousand U.S dollars (u.s$3.500.000.00) which he deposited in a Bank. According to him he said this money is meant to establish his business in Europe after his retirement. he instructed me to look for a trust worthy partner in over sea to confide the release of the fund into his account and relocate to his country to establish the money on a lucrative business and live my life quietly.
Why am contacting you, i need your assistance in the following:
1 can i trust you to stand as my foreign partner .
2. Help to invest the money on a lucrative investment in your country.
3. Help me secure an accommodation and a school to complete my studies after the fund is transfer to you.
4. Help to manage the investment for the minimum of five years or to form a partnership with you.
5. Serve as my partner and guidance in your country during my relocation to your country.
Regarding this transaction, I offer you 20% for your assistance and 5% for any expenses over the transaction immediately the transfer is made into your account.
Note: please if you can assist me inform me as soon as possible so that i will introduce you as My partner.
Waiting for you urgent reply.
Yours sincerely,
Miss  ivy  

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