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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: Roselin Micheal <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:34:23 +0100 (BST)

From Ms Roselin Micheal,
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Dearest One,

me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with
you, my name is Roselin the only Daughter of Mr Johnson Micheal, I am 20
years old ,My father was the Director of COTTON and GOLD exportation
in  BURKINA FASO, Before the death of my father he told me that he
deposited sum of (USD $9,000,000.00 Million U.S Dollars ) in a bank in
Burkina Faso,

I personally understand that it was because of my
late fathers position that he was poisoned by his colleagues during a
trip to China and he instructed me to look for a foreign partner who
will help me to stand on my behalf and transfer this money out of here
and invest it for me, my purpose of contacting you is for you to help me
and transfer the money into your account,

I hope you will not
betray the trust I have
you because this money is my only hope in life and you will also help
me to relocate over to your country to continue my education while you
will invest my ownshare of the money for me viably, I will compensate
you with 40% of this money for your kind assistance,

The money is
an inheritance from my late father which I also secured the deposit
documents of the fund with me here in Burkina Faso where I ran out of
Yours Sincarelly

Ms Roselin Micheal,

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