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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:

From: "DESU MATHAN" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 15:28:15 +0100
Subject: Waiting To Hear From You

Dear sir,
I got your contact in cause of a seriouse search
for a reliable foreign partner, which really made me to
contact you for assistance in transfering my money to
you for investement purpose.I'm Desu Mathan the son of
a late sierraleonian Col,Mathan suko.Who died three years
ago when the revolutionary united front rebels(R.U.F)attacked
our residence on the 20 of feb 2000 in Makeni Sierraleon.Following
the cease fire agreement which was reach year before last year with
the help of United Nation peace keeping troops,I
used the opporturnity to leave the country with a very important
document of(US$8.5m)EIGHT million FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND
U.S Dollars, deposited
by my late father in security company,under my name.this money was
realised from diamond export.Now'I'm searching for a trusted individual
foreign firm whom I can invest this money with for I am next of kin to
these money.However I contact you based on your capability and
vast knowledge on international commercial investement. For your
assistance and co-opertion I will give you 10%of the total sum realised
after the sucessfull transffer of this money.Please kindly communicate
your acceptance of this proposal so that we can discuss the modalities
of seeing this transaction through.I count on you greately for your
I will be waiting to hearing from you soonest
Desu Mathan.
contact me alternatively with this mail

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