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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: favor dion <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:01:10 -0700
Subject: my greetings to you

Hi Dear

How is your day and I hoped this message finds you in great spirits and in
very good health towards a better future. Thank you for taking the time to
respond with your interest towards me and I hope the communication between
us can continue into a lasting friendship and we can come to a common
relationship with each other.

Please read this message very carefully and understand what I'm trying to
say and do in my life. I read your profile as a possible match which I hope
is positive in nature not to mention, I feel this will be a lasting
friendship if you agree. I'm a very serious woman with a good heart so
please be serious with me and not break it. I do realize that most of these
site aren't always 100% correct on their match choices not to mention we
live miles away from each other and our age difference. However, if I passed
up the chance to contact such a very sincere man as you, even if to at least
gain a new friendship, I would never know the end results. If you truly feel
we can do this, then lets not waste time on getting to know each other
towards a meaningful relationship. There is so much I wish to share with you
about myself if I had the chance to know you better.

I am Ms Favor Gabriel female, 24 years old from Ivory Coast I am tall,
Average body, fair in complexion. I am caring, easygoing, cheerful, kind,
sincere etc. I am daughter of Late Dr. Gabriel Bacchus Matthews the former
Director General of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Ministry of Foreign
Affairs My father died on 07 September, 2007, in Robert sport, Grand Cape
Mount County,

Since the Death of my father, my stepmother has been maltreating me because
she planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from
me. I wanted to travel overseas, but, she hides away my international
passport and other valuable documents. Luckily she did not discover where I
kept my father’s File which contains important Document.

So I manage escaped to Senegal where I am presently staying in the Mission
Camp. My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of ($4.5M) in finance
Firm well package and preserve which he deposited as Family Treasure and My
father put my name as the next of kin, I have contacted the Finance Firm but
the Operational Manager confirmed that my status as a refugee according to
the local law does not permit me to carry out the operation successfully. He
advised me to provide a trustee, who will stand on my behalf and complete
the transaction for me,

Right now, I will like you to stand as my trustee while I give you the
necessary direction and documents so that you will contact the Finance Firm
and claim this Fund back for me to your position while I join you soon after
you receive the fund into your position.

I will also like to complete my academic studies in your Country which you
will help me and recommend a nice Higher Institution. I was studying
Marketing before the death of my father and I was a 2nd year student in the
University. Because of how my stepmother is threatening to kill me,

Let Mother Nature points a new friendship in the right direction. I'm truly
sorry I don't have a photo posted at present, but I can assure you won't be
disappointed in any way and I will send one to you later to your private
E-mail address. Thank you once again for taking the time to respond, review,
and read my response to your ad. Keep in mind this letter was written from
the heart with serious intension,

I don't wish for any disappointment concerning this new friendship so please
I truly hope you are serious if you reply. Take care very beautiful one and
have a great wonderful day and have a very safe Year to you and your family.

I Look Forward To Hearing from You

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