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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 Richard <>
Reply-To: Rose Richard <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:38:58 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: From Miss. Rose Richard,

>From Miss. Rose Richard,
Abidjan,Ivory Coast,

Good day my dear,
In confidence,i have to introduce myself for i am Miss. Rose Richard, 21
years old, I am the only child of late Mr & Mrs. Yves Richard. I
prayed before contacting you, please for God sake do not see my mail as
embarrassment as we do not know each other.

I wish to request for your assistance in my efforts to procure the
transfer of my inherited money for investment ventures under your care
and directive,while i will continue my education there in your country. I
inherited Six Million,Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($6,400,000.00) here in my name with one of the prime bank in my country and I will require
your assistance in receiving the transfer of my inherited money in your
local account for investment purposes,as it is my wish to come over to
your country to further my education while you take care of the
investment of the money.

Please i am an orphan and i need your assistance to transfer my inherited
money to your country and also your assistance to secure a nice school
for me in your country where I will continue my education.

Please I am waiting to hear from you soonest
Yours sincerely,Miss.Rose Richard.

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