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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: Andrea Mustermann <>
Reply-To: Andrea Mustermann <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:37:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello my Dearest,

Hello my Dearest,

I am writing this mail with
tears and sorrow to seek for your assistance regards to my situation
since the death of my parents, I know this letter might come to you as a
surprise because we have not met each other or see face to face before.
My name is Ms. Andrea Musterman. I'm from Ivory Coast. I am 21 years
old female.

My father was a successful business man, he deals
with Cocoa and gold. He was shot to death by troops of arm rubbers and
after two days, my mother with my two sisters was Kidnapped and murdered
to death. Due to my ambition to come over to your country, I am now
seeking for your assistance to transfer the money my late father
deposited in one of bank here to your account and arrange for me to come
over to stay in your country for my safety. The amount is Four Million
Six Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($4.600,000.00). However, I have being
advised by the bank where my late father deposited the money, to look
for a foreign partner who will stand as my trustee to receive the funds
on my behalf. It is my intention to compensate you with 15% of the total
money for your services and the balance shall be invested by you in
your country.

Please get back to me if you are interested to
assist me stand as my trustee to receive the funds from the bank on my
behalf so that I will give you all the details & contact of the bank
where my late father deposited the money. Honestly i want the money to
be transferred to your country before I come over to your country to
continue my education, It is too painful that my family died
mysteriously, but i hope with your help, i will start a new life and
continue my education in your country. The money will be transferred to
your account and you will continue there to secure my life and continue
my studies.

As soon as i receive your interest in assisting me, i
will send you more details. I shall appreciate your urgent reply
indicating your ability and willingness to assist me.

Yours Sincerely,
Andrea Musterman.

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