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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: "Mrs. Sandra F. Nelson." <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2005 21:14:49 +0000
Subject: From Your Humble Sister Sandra

From Mrs Sandra F. Nelson

Dear One,

My name is Mrs Sandra F. Nelson a nationality of Kuwait. I am married to late Mr. Jerry Nelson who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year Octorber 2003. We were married for twenty years with a child. My husband died after a the illness that lasted for long four days. Before his death we were both born again Christians. When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of $12Million (twelve Million U.S. Dollars) with one of good banks here in Cote d'Ivoire . Presently, this money is still with the bank.

Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to Charity.

I want you to use this fund as I directed here in.40% of this fund for my son,15% for you and 45% to charity donations, orphanages, research centres . I took this decision because I have a child that will inherit this money but my son can not carry out this work only because I and my late husband decide to use some of the money to charity donations and live only 45% for our son to have a better live. Our son is just 17years old now and been grow up in africa, he have low manterity and my husband´s relatives are not happy to seeing my son because of the wealth my husbands left for him as only son. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision and to make sure my son leave this country to your country for his life sake.

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going to. My dear, I want your telephone communication in this regard because of my health and due to the presence of my family relatives around me always. I don´t want any of my husband family relatives to recieve this money. In good faith i am sending you this email.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Finance/bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund. I want you to always pray for me. My happiness is that I live a life of a worthy woman life and i would want you to train my son to continue in this way.

Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another person for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here.

Expecting to hearing from you on this private . mailbox

Remain blessed.

Mrs. Sandra F. Nelson.

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