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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: "Malik Iyatah" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:31:56 +0100
Subject: Honest and Capable Person Requires.Sick Mrs.Memuna Iyatah.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I crave your indulgence at this mail coming from somebody you have not
know before.I decided to do this after praying over the situation.You should
please consider the transaction on its content and not the fact that you
have not known me before. I need not dwell on how I came by your contact
information because there are many such possibilities these days.

This mail might come to you as a surprise and the temptation to ignore it as
unserious matter could come into your mind but please consider it a divine
wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility.

I would like to introduce myself as Mrs.Memuna Iyatah, of Repulic of Benin,
widow to Late Dr.Malik Iyatah(former Consular of the benin embassy in
Madrid,Spain.I have been recently been daigonosed of Cancer of the Pelvics.
I am writing from my sick bed.There is this consignment (containg
US$19.5Million cash, in US$100 bills) my husband deposited with a security
company, here in Cotonou, Republic of Benin of which I am the next of kin.
With my health condition and because my husband and I have no children, I am
looking for a credible person to whom I will pass the right of next of kin.
This person will apply to the security company and request, from them, the
procedure towards retrieving the consignment from them.

This is on the condition that you will take 25% of the fund for yourself, 5%
used for expenses, while you will use the remaining 70% for the less
previlege people in the society. This is in fulfilment of the last request
of my husband: that a substantial part of the fund be used to carter for the
less previleged.

If this condition is acceptable to you, you should contact me immediately
with your full names and contact information so that I will send you all the
documents that the company gave to my husband when the consignment was
deposited. So that you will contact the security company directly, and
demand from them the procedure towards retrieving the consignment from their

I cannot predict what will be my fate by the time you wll recieve the fund,
but you should please ensure that the fund is used as i have described
above. I look forward to your response.


Mrs.Memuna Iyatah.

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