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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: mrs sarah eyadema mrs sarah eyadema <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 10:47:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: please contact my lawyer

Hello dear VICTIMNAME,

I received with thanks your e mail response as regards to my proposal.
Firstly, I must assure you that this transaction is 100%risk free. And we must achieve this great goal through legal ways.

Thanks for your mail. I understand your dilemma but I contacted you as I believe should share the same feelings not really minding the affiliation. It is also a great opportunity for me seizing this leisure time to congratulate you for answering to my call. Before going ahead to detail you on how we are to execute this transaction, I must let you know my intention of contacting you.

I intend to establish a long lasting relationship with you, I hereby urge you, too make an investment research and discover with immediate effect the type of lucrative investment that this fund will be used on as soon as we have put a claim over the fund, as we go in for proper utilization of this fund on investment. Plans has been completely laid down on how we are to execute this deal without any hitch or hindrances of this view wish to let u know that we can achieve this paced goals if followed in one accord and understanding through the help of my family attorney Barrister ... Short Emile Esq with telephone number : +233 242172416 , Without wasting much I will like call him now on telephone for more clarifications and details on the full informations.

You will be required to contact my family lawyer now Mr. Short Emile Esq, so that he can be able to detail you in full, because we shall be required to make the change of ownership into your name for the onward transferring of the fund by security and finance company urgent directly to side, for our collection, because our Help is from the Good Lord Almighty Below is the full contact of the lawyer, with your full informations and also kindly call him immediately Barrister Short Emile Esq,
Emile Chamber
402 Community Hall, New Town,
Pb:2177, Accra.
Tel;- +233 242172416

I shall be waiting also as to hear from you after contacting my lawyer, meanwhile from my side, I shall be call my lawyer this morning as to inform him about you as our family friend, so that he can be able to feel free in detailing you.

Thanking you greatly.
Mrs. Sarah kufa Eyadema.

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