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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: Latter Box <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:29:11 +0700

Hello Compliment of the day to name is Ann Helene Yao from
Cambodia,female and 26 years of age.i got your email through messenger
directory and i am writing you with hope this deal is going to work out for
both of us. I am working in a Deposit office and at the end of last year,we
did end of the year clearance on abandon luggage's and to my surprise,i
found a luggage that was deposited since January 2010 and when i try to
x-rated the luggage,i found 100 united states dollar notes totaling over
800,000 dollar and a gold bar in it.

As i am writing to you right now,i am the only one that knows about the
and therefore i solicit for your help to come and stand as next of kin to
the depositor
of the luggage so we can get it between our self.

I have all the deposit information and i will make them available to you as
soon as you indicate interest to work with me in this deal.I will be waiting
to hear from you as this is matter of urgency because government officials
will be coming this January to confiscate all abandon luggage.
Please your reply should be send to my email Add:{*

Best Regards

Ann Helene Yao

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