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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: "ELOY" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 13:22:52 +0200

Good Day ,

This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not yet met before.I managed to get your contact details through the internet myself,Time is of importance and I was desperately looking for a person to assist me in this confidential transaction.
My movement and that of other members of my family has been highly restricted but happily i have been able to move out the Angola and is now in Senegal.

I am Eloy Sakiata Savimbi,son of the late leader of Unita Rebel Jonas Savimbi of Angola who died on the 22nd February2002.
(<<>>) Before the death of my father he deposited the sum of USD15,000,000.00(fifteen million united states dollars) in a private security trust compnay for safe keeping only.All the related documents are intact with me and i have contacted the
company .I am currently in Dakar Senegal as an asylum seeker pending when I get
a foriegn partner because the monetary laws here which do not allow asylum seekers to operate any bank account.

MUTUAL TRUST AND CONFIDENTIALITY Based on the above,I am contacting you so that you can help me invest this fund in your
country hoping that you will remain trust worthy.
The fund was realised from gold and diamond sales when my late father
was leading some region in our country.

If you are ready I will give you all the information needed.all i ask of you is to assist me retrieve this fund from the security home and assist me further to tranfer it .


Yours sincerely,

Eloy Savimbi
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