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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: Tina Lucas <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 18:34:01 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Ms.Clementina Lucas.

Ms.Clementina Lucas.
UNHCR / Refugee Camp,
Danane-Cote d'Ivoire


It's my pleasure to contact you for a business venture, which I intend to establish with you and in your country.I'm a deaf girl.

Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life. I am the daughter of the Late Jerome Lucas, from Nshili District of Gikomgoro Province in the Republic of Rwanda.

My father before his death was a successful
Gold and Cocoa Merchant in Johannesburg, South Africa. Barely a week my Father returned from his usual European business trips, on Wednesday 14th March 2001, he was attacked and killed by some unknown assassins.

The Police could not trace the killers till today, and because we do not know those behind his brutal killing and their reasons, we felt out of fear that our safety is not guaranteed, that is the reason why I decided to relocate to Abidjan in Cote D' Ivoire(formerly Ivory Coast).

Before his untimely death, we were very close to each other, which made him to give me informations on a very huge amount of US$18,000,000.00 (Eighteen Million United States Dollars only),which he kept for me in security company here(full informations to be disclosed later to you on confirmation of your acceptance to assist).

I have decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons and because of the problems in where we are now (Abidjan). I want you to help me to invest the money after retrieving the consignment of money from the security company here to your account or anywhere as you may advise, as I cannot able to do the transaction alone that is why I contact you for helping us contact the security company here and ask give them your delievery address where they will ship the box to you.The security company did not know the actual content of the box because it was deposited as family valauable treasure .As for now,I live in the Refugees camp from Rwanda seeking for Asylum. I want to invest the money on the following below;

1. Real Estate Development / International Schools
2. Telecommunication
3. Manufacturing

If you can be of an assistance to me,I will be pleased to offer to you
20% of the total fund. I await your soonest response. Extend my warmest
regards to your entire family.

Thank you and God bless you.

Yours Sincerely,

Ms.clementina Lucas.

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