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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:

Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:18:59 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear Friend,

Good Day.

I know that this message will come as a surprise to you, since we dont know
each other, but pay attention and understand my reason of contacting you via
email,for the purpose of introduction i am(Princess Rose Kabore) I have a business
proposal in the tune of ($20.5million) we shall share in ratio of 70% for me and
30% for you. Finally, should you be interested to operate this project with me?,
Please reply me urgently to give you the full details for us to move forward.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated and also Your Full Name
And Phone Number is needed for Easy communication, please reply me here for security
reasons, this email

Yours faithfully,

Miss Rose Kabore

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