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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: "Princess Anna Khalifa" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:41:55 -0700
Subject: Good Day

Good Day,
I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and reward you abundantly and you would never regret this.
I was a female student from University of Sudan before the ugly incident and I want to go back to my studies because i only attended my second year before the tragic incident that lead to my being in this situation now took place. I am like any other person who can be caring, loving and home oriented despite the fact that I am from
royal family. I will love to have a long-term relationship with you and to know more about you. I would like to build up a solid foundation with you in time coming if you can be able to help me in this transaction.
Well,I am Princess Anna Khalifa. My father died early June with his younger brother and left I and my younger brother behind. He was the Adviser to the Sudanese President,
My father was a distinguished figure in Sudan, when my father was alive he had previously held the positions of governor of Khartoum, agriculture and information minister.They were killed in the accident in northern Sudan on the Wednesday, 27 June 2007. You can confirm it here:
I was a princess to him and I am the only person who can take care of his wealth now because my younger brother  and my mother are not literate enough to know all my father's wealth. He left the sum of USD28,000,000.00 ( Twenty-Eight Million Dollars) in a finance company.
I kept this secret to people in the refugee camp here where i am now,the only person that knows about it is my brother because this money is one of the main purpose of our moving out from our country immediately we finished the burial of our father and came to REPUBLIC OF BENIN and seek asylum, and he is now like a father to me.
I don't know how and what I will do to invest this money somewhere in abroad,Now,I urgently need your humble assistance to move this money from the finance company to your bank account, That is why I felt happy when I saw your contact because I strongly believe that by the grace of God, you will help me invest this money wisely.
I am ready to pay 20% of the total amount to you if you help us in this transaction and another 10% interest of annual Income to you, for handling this transaction for us,which you will strongly have absolute control over.
Yours sincerely,
Princess Anna Khalifa

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