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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: Armand <>
Reply-To: Armand <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:03:49 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Greeting from Miss Aminata Armand

Greeting from Miss Aminata Armand and May God bless you,

 I am writing this mail with due confident and trust that you will give
desired attention. I am Aminata Armand, the only daughter of late Dr.
Mrs. Motto K. Armand. My father was a well known rich Cocoa merchant
based and also an owner of Phamstical Company in Abidjan ( Cote d’Ivoire
) and
in Ghana .

Unfortunately, my father was poisoned by his business associates on one of
their outings to discuss business, they poisoned him because of his
wealth and
his high rate of annual turnover on exports made in America and Europe .
Before my father died, he called me besides his sick bed and told me
that it
was because of his success and wealth that he was poisoned by his
colleague and that as I am still a young girl who has lost her mother
that he doesn't want me to surfer much if anything should happen to him, that
he had instructed the bank were he deposited the sum of
$5.500.000(Five Million Five  Hundred Thousand Dollars) to transfer the
money to a
foreign partner's account which I shall nominate as the next of kin,
that such
a person should be my guidance and will assist me to invest the money in a real
estate business or any other lucrative business field in his or her
country and
will also assist me to come over to his country and continue my

one, the main motive of contacting you now is to know if you will be
interested and capable to assist me to transfer the money to your
account and
also help me to invest the money in a lucrative business and in addition assist
me to come over to your country and continue my education. This
transaction is
genuine and risk free since I am the next of kin to the deposited money. This
transaction shall be completed in less than one week if you are capable

I am
waiting to hear from you soon.
Thanks and remain bless
Aminata Armand,                               

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