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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 Zaina Gramera <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 21:16:44 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Respectful Greeting to you

Dear Respectful one,

I am writing this letter inconfidence believe that if it is the wish of God for you to help me,God almighty will bless and reward you abundantly and you would neverregret.

I am 21yrs old. A student from Republic of AbidjanCote d'Ivoire. I am the only child of late Mr.& Mrs. Isaac Gramera.Well my father died earlier some months ago and left me the onlydaughter behind.

I am the only person who can take care of hiswealth and my mother is not literate enough to know my entire father'swealth. He left the sum of USD 6,400,000.00 (Six Million, Four HundredThousand Dollars) in a financial Bank here. This money was annuallypaid into my late father's account from Shellpetroleum development company (SPD) and chevron oil company operatingin our locality for the compensation of youth and community developmentin our jurisdiction.
I don't know how and what I will do toinvest this money somewhere in abroad, so that my father's kindred willnot take over what belongs to me, which they were planning to dowithout my present because I am a female as stated by our culture inthe town. Now, I urgently need your humble assistance to move thismoney from the Bank to your country and I strongly believe that by thegrace of God, you will help me invest this money wisely over there.

I am ready to offer 15% of the total mount to you if you help me inthis transaction and another 100% interest of Annual after Income toyou, for handling this transaction for us, which you will strongly haveabsolute control over.

If you can handle this projectsincerely and also willing to assist me uplifting this money, kindlyreach me. Please, note that this transaction 100% risk free and I hopeto commence the transaction as quick as possible.

Yours sincerely, Zaina Gramera.

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