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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: "xuxe xuxe" <>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 12:30:23 +0200


ATTN: Sir/Ms,

I Know This Letter May Beat Your Imagination As We Have No Previous
Correspondence. My Name Is MR.SELLO MOBUTU the son of a late sierra-leonian
businessman,late DR.Coleman MOBUTU the owner of (RMS)minining company in
Sierra-leonne,Who died last year when the revolutionary united front rebels
(R.U.F)attacked our residence in Makeni Sierra-leone.

Following the cease fire agreement which was reach last year with the help
of United Nation peace keeping troops,I used the opportunity to leave the
country with a very important document of (US$35M)THIRTY FIVE million U.S
Dollars deposited by my late father in security company in South Africa,
under my name.This money was realised from diamond export,now i and my
mother are seeking asylum in South Africa under(UNHCR).

I got Your Contact From the Internet and i Confirmed Your Country as Being
Economic Condusive For Investment And Her People As Transparent And
Trust-worthy To Engage In Business,Hence My Reason For Writing You
However,This Money In Question Has Been In The Security Company Since His
But My Main Problem Now Is That At My Age Of 30 I Am Confused On How to
Handle This Huge Amount Of Money And Also What To Do With It As I Don't Have
Anyone To Confide In South africa Here.

May I Use This Medium To Request From You If You Will Be Disposed Enough To
Help Me Keep This Huge Amount In Your Country Or Any Other Place Of Your
Choice That Will Have More Security To The Money.

I Have Meet The Security Company With The Depositional Documents That My
Father Left Behind,Of Which My Name Appears As The "Next Of Kin",The Company
awaits My Coming For The Withdrawal,And I Am Even Afraid Of Disclosing The
Content To Them Since My Father In His Letter Had Warned Me Against That.

If It Appeals To You To Help Me,I Will Suggest You Take A Trip To south
africa For Us To Meet Face To Face And Finalise Before Moving The Fund or if
there is any other means you can suggest for the transfering of the fund to
your very position pending my arrival to meet with you for investing of the
money with any profitable business you intruduce,as i have decided to do
away with South Africa entirelly.

After the fund gets into your country through your assistance,20% Of The
Total Amount Will Be for You.I am waiting for your prompt reply

Yours faithfully,


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