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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2011 00:05:36 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From Gloria Amos

>From Gloria Amos

I am Gloria Amos from Democr atic Repub lic of Congo. I lost my father a couple of mo nths ago. My Father was a serving director of the Coppe r and Diamonds exporting board until his death. He was assassinated along side with my mother by the rebels following the political uprising in our country. Before his death he deposited the sum of US$7.8 Seven million Eight hundred thousand United States dollars in a Finance House which was for the importati on of hydroelectric and petroleum processing machine for the establishment of his own company. This he could not accomplish due to his sudden death.

Note, according to my late father before the incident, the money deposit was made under a special arrangement and he did not disclose to the Finance House the real content of the deposit, he did it f or the safety of the money according to him.

I want you to do us a favor, to help us secure the deposit from the company as as our appointed trustee and move it to your country for investment as I do not have any knowledge of investmen t, that will be after we retrieve deposit from the Company. This is my reason for writing to you. Please if y ou are willing to assist me and my brother, indicate your interest in replying back. We are ready to give you a substantial amount from the deposit when secured from the finance house, we propose that you will take 15% of the total money as your commission for the assistance.

Thanks and best regards .

>From Gloria Amos

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