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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: Rose Farag <>
Reply-To: Rose Farag <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:27:02 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Rose Farag

>From Rose Farag
Compliments of the day, I know  this message will a suprise to you. my name is Rose Farag, I am 16 years old, the only daughter of the late Mr.and Mrs Jesse Farag from Angola, my father was a businessman who was into  cocoa and gold  exportation before his death. I chose to contact you after getting your email through a database and I believe that you are a reliable person that will not betray my trust, my father was poison to death  by his business associates and I lost my mother when I was 5 years old, I am constrained to contact you due to the  Maltreatment  I received from my late father brothers and relatives who has seized and took all  the  properties  of my late from me after the unexpected death of my father, but Luckily for me they couldn't find that before the death of my father that he  deposited the sum of Five million united states dollars ($5,000,000) in a Bank Ivory Coast which I am the next of kin to this Fund deposited, I'm
going to give you all the details and contacts regarding this Fund because I want the money  to be transferred to your bank account in your  country before I will  Come to join you in your country to continue my studies that I stopped due to the death of my parents.
I would like this  money  to invest in  Profitable and good place in your country with your help and you will the one to manage the investments for me because  of my age and my education, this is the reason why  I need your help based on the agreement  and instruction that my late father gave to the Bank to release the funds to me at age of maturity or through a foreigner who  will stand as my  partner and Guardian  to the bank that  will help me to invest the Fund wisely in  his or her country. I cannot be able to apply for the release of this fund alone because of my age and status of refugees. I need your urgent reply showing your willingness and ability to handle this for me, life in this refugee camp is very hard and hell I don't find any love and affection, kindly let me know your availability and I promise to be gentle and loyal to you, I decided to offer you 20% of the total amount at the end of this transaction. I will send you  all
the deposited documents of this fund that the Bank gave to my late father the day he made the deposit with the Bank. Waiting to receive soon your positive response,

Thanks and God bless you,  looking forward to see your reply.
Yours sincerely
Rose Farag

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