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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 SAMANTHA SANKOH <samsankoh3@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 07:50:20 -0800 (PST)
Subject: REPLY


Dear Sir/Madam.
From: MRS.SAMANTHA SANKOH
DIRECTOR, DELIVERY/OPERATIONS
RE: TRANSFER OF OVER US$25million FOR INVESTMENT.
I have resolved to contact you through this medium based on business proposal that will be of mutual benefit to both of us. I have not discussed This transaction with anybody because it is of top secret. To be explicit and straight to the point, some time early 1997, a reputable client of Ours deposited a consignment in our company's vault for safe keeping. And since then our client has failed to come forward to claim his consignment, which has accumulated a considerable amount of money in demurrage.
Consequently, in our bid to contact this client to redeem the demurrage which his consignment had accumulated we discovered that our client Was the former president of the Federal Republic of Zaire, who died of illness after he was dethroned in the same year the consignment was entrusted Into our care. Since the death of our client President Mobutu Sese Seko, none of his Benefactors has come forward to claim the consignment with us, which means that none of his relatives or aids had any knowledge of this consignment.
Hence, out of curiosity I decided to secretly open the box that our client deposited in our vault. In addition, to my surprise I discovered that the two boxes that were registered as treasures by our client actually contained a considerable amount of money in United States Dollars estimated to be over US$25million US Dollar. Since this development, I have been nursing plans secretly.
I also found out from enquiries and the foreign media that our late client siphoned a lot of money from his country while he was in office as Head of state. It is my conviction that the consignment in our vault was part of the money that our client siphoned and now that he is dead there is no trace to this money in our care.
I am now soliciting your noble assistance to assist me in transferring this money out to your country for immediate investment with your assistance. I have also decided that you will generously be entitled to 25% of the total amount, Upon my receipt of your reply confirming your willingness
to assist me of this transaction, I will immediately arrange and transfer all the rights of ownership of this consignment to your name to facilitate your easy clearance and transfer of the complete funds to your country for onward investment. This transaction is 100% risk free.
You should maintain absolute confidentiality on this matter. All I need
from you is as follow.
YOUR FULL NAME.
YOUR DIRECT CELL PHONE NUMBER.
YOUR FAX NUMBER.
YOUR ADDRESS.
I await your most prompt response.
Yours faithfully.
MRS SAMANTHA SANKOH
DIRECTOR, DELIVERY/OPERATIONS






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