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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: Sun, 28 Nov 2004 04:41:30 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Urgent=20=20=20Assistance?=

Urgent Assistance
Mrs. maryam Elaes


ATTN: Sir/Madam

With the best compliments of the day, I wish to solicit
Your help in migrating to your country and investing my
Funds. I am a Sierra Leonine National and the wife of late
Dr Simon Elaes Until his death, my husband was the General
Overseer of the Gold and Diamond Mining Corporation in
Kanema Sierra Leone.

On April 6 2000 the military forces loyal to the Government
Of Ahmed TIJAN KABBAH invaded the Diamond and Gold mine and
Assassinated my husband, mistaking him for his brother MIKE
Elaes who is the deputy to the leader of the evolutionary

Front (RUF). When the news reached me, I hurriedly united
Gathered some valuables in our family villa and escaped for
My dear life in the company of my only son George Elaes To

It was on our arrival to Nigeria that my late
Husband's Lawyer and Financial Adviser, made me to know that
My husband has deposited US$25.5M (Twenty-five Million Five
Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars) In a Security Company
Contained in 1 Trunk box in the name of our son George
Elaes . He did not disclose the real contents of the Trunk
Box to the Security Company. He declared the contents as
Family Valuables for security reasons.

This is the money he made from the sale of Gold and
Diamonds during his time as the General overseer. Now that
We are in Nigeria and verified the transaction, we
Need your assistance to move this funds out of Nigeria
For investment in your country as we cannot invest here due
To its nearess to our country and the insecurity still going on

We ask you to scout for a viable and lucrative business, so
That we can invest wisely. We have it in mind to give you
40% of the total sum (25.5 million US Dollars), and 55%
Share in any investment we will embark upon if you assist
Us. We will also set aside 5% of the funds for ancillary
Which you will make in course of this transaction (fax
Sages, phone calls, air tickets etc).

This fortune of ours we have revealed to you should remain
CONFIDENTIAL as it only you who we have told about it.
Kindly indicate your interest and willingness to assist us
On receipt of this message for us to clarify you on how to
Proceed. Note that this transaction is risk free. May the
Shelter and care of God be upon you as you assist us Remain
Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. maryam Elaes

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