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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: "Miss Sandra Samoura" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:42:44 +0000


I have a great joy to have your contact and relay my interest
to have you as my joint partner. that will effectively utilise your
status, position and experience in business also my provision
of the needed investment capital and will provide you with relevant
details upon your consent. I would be brief and direct to ensure you
understand everything properly. I am Miss Sandra Samoura from
Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. I have a substantial capital I honourably
intend to invest in your country into a very lucrative and profitable
business venture of which you are to advise and execute in your country
for the mutual benefits of both of us.

Your able co-operation is to become my business partner in your country
and create ideas on how the fund will be invested, properly managed and
the type of investment, after the fund is transferred to your custody with your
help and assistance. The Directives and needed information will be relayed to
you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist me and also
benefit from this transaction. All other necessary information will be sent to
you on your acceptance to assist me in this transaction. Pls. reply me on this
alternative email address:

Yours Sincerely,
Miss Sandra Samoura

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