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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 04:35:12 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Mrs=20Rhoda=20Teodore?=

From : Mrs Rhoda Teodore
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
West Africa.

Dearest one,

With due respect to your humble self, I write you this letter which I believe
you would be of great assistance to me and my children.

I am Mrs RHODA TEODORE, the wife of the late Dr DAVID TEODORE of the blessed
memory. Prior to my husband assassination by the rebel forces loyal to CORPORAL
FODAY SANKOH of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), He was the Director
General National Gold and Diamond Mining Corporation of Sierra-Leone.

Few days before my husband was assassinated, he instructed me and my children
( DIDOW and HENRY ) to move out of Sierra-Leone and also to go in his underground
strong room where the documents of money he has deposited in a security
company in Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire in one trunk Box as family valuables and
treasures with the name of my first son DIDOW TEODORE as the beneficiary.
The amount is US$12,500.000.00 (Twelve million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars.)We managed to escape to Abidjan the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
through the help of my husband?s friend who is a trawler. As our travelling
document was seized.

For your information , the security company does not know the real content
of the box and we do not wish them to know until the money is transferred
to your account. As it was deposited as family valuables and treasures.

Meanwhile, I want to leave Côte d?Ivoire entirely with this money for investment
in your country because of the unstable political situation and mostly for
the future of my children. I want you to please assist us to claim the box
from the security company. we have it in mind to reward you with a certain
percentage for your assistance. As soon as we hear from you.

Do not hesitate to send me e-mail immediately you receive this letter to
enable us proceed in Ernest toward retrieving the box and transferring of
the money into your account.

Finally, Please ensure that no one else knows about this money as it is
only myself, my son, yourself knows about this money. Please even if you
don't want to assist me, please don't expose this for my security.

May God bless you as you assist me. I am looking forward to hear from you
as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

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