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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: Sasha Kobena <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 03:27:57 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: From Sasha Kobena

From Sasha Kobena

Dearest One,

I am miss Sasha Kobena , 21 years old from Ivory Coast . The only Daughter of Mrs Anaki Kobena De. I have 9.5 million USD which was made by my mother before she died in Oct 2009 which is left in a security company here in my country.

I seek your permission to remit this amount to your country so that I could come to your country for investment and to further my studies until I am able to secure a better financial education to help me make good money decision later in life which may take years to come. I have accepted to offer you 20% of the total sum for your desire to assist me.

Please do respond specifying your interest immediately you receive this mail for more information’s regarding the trunk box and the way forward as well.

My Best Regards.
Miss Sasha Kobena.

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