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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: "Daniel Onudu" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 16:44:35 +0000
Subject: From Mr Daniel Onudu

Abidjan Republic of Cote D'Ivoire.West Africa

Dear ,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship
with you, I got your name and contact from your country directory, please
ineed a trust-worthy person that will help me to
transfer this money

I am DANIEL ONUDU, the only Son of late Mr and Mrs EKWU ONUDU. My father was
a very wealthy Gold Merchant in Monrovia the Gold Capital of republic of
Liberia all in west africa my father was
poisoned by his business associates while my mother died when i am little
and my father took me so special because I am his only son.

Before the death of my father on 4th July 2005 in a hospital here in Cote
D'ivoire, he secretly called me and told me that he has the sum of(USD $15
MILLION FIFTEEN MILLION U.S DOLLARS )which he deposited in a bank here in
Cote D'ivoire.

He also made me understand that it was because of this money he waspoisoned
by his business associates while on a business trip with them and he
instructed me tolook for a foreign partner who will help me transfer this
money out of this Cote Divoire and invest it for me, my purpose of
contacting you is for you to help transfer this money to your country before
this peoples who kill my father will kill me too

I'm now hiding in a local place here and I will compensate you with 30%
ofthis money if you help me to transfer the money to your account l hope you
will not betray the trust i have on you because this money is my only hope
in this life and you will also help me to come over to your country
tocontinue my education while you will invest my own share of the money for

i can assure you there is No Risk involve the money is an inheritance from
my late father

I am waiting to hear from you,

Daniel Onudu

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