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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: Mon, 30 May 2005 10:11:57 -0700
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?URGENT=20BUSINESS?=

FROM: MISS GLORY BETIOT. Abidjan - Cote dIvoire.


i am a Young girl of 22 years old , by name Miss
GLORY BETIOT the Daughter

one time by political

appointment Director of International Affaires
Department of ANGOLA PETROL
ANDNATURAL GAS who died on a board meeting with the
International Oil Gulf
Representatives, in September 11th 2001 at the World
Trade Center in New
York City USA. Sorry I do not know whom you are in
person, I feel strong
write you concering my present predicament at stake
now. I was an under
graduate student of 2rd year, studyingChemical
Engineering At University
LUANDA ANGOLA, before the date of the urgly incident
occurred last year.
Although I lost my mother when she was putting to
birth my younger brother
who leter died in the hospital wi th my mother
fourtheen years ago in London
United Kindom. Presently I am in Abidjan Cote
dIvoire,where I am looking
seeking for someone who will assist me in transfering
the sum of money my
father left in a suspended account of a Bank here in
Abidjan. The amount
Eight Million US Dollars ($ 8,000.000.00). However
since, I am his next
kin , I have contacted you to stand as my Late fathers
foreign parter to
receive thismoney into your account after which I will
join you there.
l am willing to offer you 5% of the total sum of
amount, to you for
assistancing me and you will handle the investment
until l finished up my
education, and any expenses you made in this
transaction must be minus
including your percentage before investing the money.
In addition I humbly
solicit for you kindly assistance to help me in
investing this money into
good and profitable business, really my in tenssion
for contacting you is
not only to help me in ta nsfering this fund out of
Africa but also to help
me to invest the the money into a business that give
at least 100% profit
two years and nice school where l will finish up my
education. I am assuring
you that this transaction is hitch free and
risky-free, Please understand
condition and get to me as soon as possible and please
I urge you to keep
this transaction confidential for my secuirty and the
security of the money.
I will be waiting to hearing from you soonest, May God
bless you.Alternative
With Best Regards.
Miss Glory Betiot

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