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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: Rose Dosso <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:52:57 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Hello My Dear

Hello My Dear

I am writing this letter in confidence believing that you will not betray the trust i am about to confide in you and i pray that God will bless and reward you abundantly for your understanding and assistance in this matter and you would never regret. My name is Miss Rose Dosso, A student from Abidjan Republic of Cote d'Ivoire. I am the only child of late Mr.& Mrs.Felix Dosso. My father died earlier some months ago and left me the only daughter behind.

I am the only person who can take care of his wealth and my mother is not literate enough to know my entire father's wealth. He left the sum of USD 6,400,000.00 (Six Million, Four Hundred Thousand Dollars) in a financial Bank here. This money was paid into my late father's account from Shell petroleum development company (SPDC) and chevron oil company for the compensation for land acquisition.

I do n't know how and what I will do to invest this money somewhere in abroad, So that my father's kindred will not take over what belongs to me, which they were planning to do without my consent because I am a female child and as stated by our village custom and tradition female child do not have same equal right like male child to inherit property.

Now, I urgently need your humble assistance to move this money from the Bank to your country and I strongly believe that by the grace of God, you will help me invest this money wisely over there.

I am ready to offer you 15% of the total amount to you if you help me in this transaction and another 10% from the Annual Income of the investment, for handling this transaction for us, as our trustee manager.

If you can handle this project sincerely and also willing to assist me to transfer this money, kindly reach me. Please, note that this transaction is 100% risk free and I hope to commence the transaction as quick as possible, I will send you my picture and also give you more details about this transaction as soon as I hear from you.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Rose dosso.

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