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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: "Miss Anita Melvina Nwosu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:18:02 -0000
Subject: Fund Transfer Assistance

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Miss Anita Melvina Nwosu, 23yrs old girl, from Ghana; I am the daughter of late Father Chief Dr John. Who my Uncle killed on December 2009 because of Money and Land, due to government discover oil in the land, before the death of my father he left
deposited 1.5millon dollar, For me, my mummy and my only brother Ezekiel Nwosuat UNITED BANK OF AFRICA (UBA), now my uncles want to take it alone and live us.

Please I need your help to save our life’s and this money which we want to transfer to you and come to you for our school and up keeping in your country,please if you do this for us , I and my family promise you 30% of the money, but we want to live Africa I met the bank manager who advice me to open the account in your name and the bank will Load the money in ATM visa card and send to you, because my uncles are not happy about the money my father left for us, Because my father win the case in the court about the land and they are try to kill us, and take the money and the land , Please help us so we can go to school again.

All i need from you. (1) Your full name. (2) Cell phone number or office phone number. (3) Your full address. And immediately i hear from you i will also send you my picture , deposit certificate, deposit slip my brother Ezekiel passport and my later father picture during the burial.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Yours truly
Daughter Anita Melvina Nwosu.

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