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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: "Sarrah Paul" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 21:10:47 +0000
Subject: Your help please


It will be my greatest pleasure and honour to you, as you help me out. My
name is SARRAH JOHNNY PAUL KOROMA 22years old, I am from Sierra Leone in
west Africa. My father was the Former AFRC Junta Leader in Sierre leone, we
lived in West Freetown, Sierre leone.

My father was accused for so many crimes(e.g a conspiracy to destabilize the
security situation of our country) but it is all force accusations, our
house was raided so many times.
My father at so many times evacuated us secretly to Liberia for safety.

This gave my mother Hypathension which led to her early death. Leaving
myself and my two kid sisters AISATOU 8yrs and THERRESA 5yrs old. my family
experienced and tasted the bitter side of life.

My father was decieved from his hide out by his best friend CHARLES TAYLOR
of LIBERIA former rebel Leader/President, to a secret carcus meeting in
Monrovia, Liberia (January 2003). My father gave me a call from Liberia
shivering with his voice cracked telling me he has been betrayed by his best
friend CHARLES TAYLOR, and that he is sensing death and might not be able to
make it back home. Then he told me where his important file is. Instantly I
was afraid and cried out so loud and up till now, my father never came back
and he is no more.

My father left for us in his file, documents showing that he deposited Seven
Million Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars in a Security Company in Dakar,
Senegal, and have me as the next of kin.
Presently, We are refugees in Senegal under the UNHCR. As we cannot afford a
normal life for now and the life in the refugee camp here is very
unpleasant to us.

I have contacted the Security Company here in Senegal for withdrawal of our
inheritance, the management of the Security Company said I cannot withdraw
and that I should seek for an individual or a Corporate organisation to act
as my trustee/beneficiary to the money as I cannot be granted withdrawal of
the money due to my refugee status here in Senegal.

Presently, I am saddled with the problem of securing a trust worthy foreign
personality to help me. As I have no confidence in an African due to our
history. I map out 15% for your assistance.
On behave of my sisters and I, we plead and need your assistance as follows:
(1)Stand as our beneficiary before the Security company since the management
adviced that I should solicit for an individual or corporate organization to
claim the deposit for us as they cannot release it directly to me, due to my
refugee status in Senegal.

(2)Claim and Transfer the money out of here to your own Account and into
your possession.
(3)Arrange to make documents for I and my sisters to meet with you where you

(4)Invest and manage the money for us in a good business under your advice
and supervision.
Furthermore, you should contact the security company for confirmation and I
will write a letter of authorisation/Introduction on your name, that will
enable the banking department correspond with you on our behalf. I am giving
you this offers as mentioned with every confidence on your acceptance to
assist us.

Please reply immediately you get my mail.
Yours Sincerely,
Sarrah J.P Koroma.
NB: you can speak with me on this telephone number:00221 487 77 74
See my father's photograph on:


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