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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: Miss Edwige Mark <>
Reply-To: Miss Edwige Mark <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:45:09 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Request for Assistance ,

Request for Assistance ,

How are you and your Family, i am sorry
for bagging into your privacy, i am Miss. Edwige Mark 20years old and
the only child of my late parent From Africa, please i am seeking for
your assistance in retrieval and transfer of my inherited fund to your
country,(USD$ 15.500.000) dollars, which my late family deposited with
Bank i will Give you more details of the fund deposit in my next mail.

Now I have decided to invest these money
in your country or
anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons. I
want you to help me and transfer these Funds into your personal account
in your country for investment purposes on these areas:

any of your choice that will profite us in return.
2) Transportation Industry
3) five-star Hotel)
4)Estate management

you can be of an assistance to me, i will be pleased to offer to you
20% Of the total fund. I await your soonest response.with your
information details.


I wait for your reply for more information you might need and to disclose my position and more details about the fund .
Yours Sincerely,
Miss Edwige Mark Email; edwigemark1@gmail.comcTEST ME MESSAGE ON MY PHONE CELL +225 41411120

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