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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: anna khalifa <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:19:44 -0700
Subject: RE: FROM Princess ANNA

Good Day,

I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the
wish/will 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 26 yrs old. I am like any 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 earlier June with his
junior brother and left I and my junior 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 junior brother is still young and my mother
is not literate enough to know all my father's wealth. He left the sum
of USD$28,000,000 dollars (Twenty eight Million Dollars)in a finance

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 finish the burial of our father and come 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 After 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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