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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: mayoma adama <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 20:06:31 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From: Miss Mayoma Adama

From: Miss Mayoma Adama

Dearest One,

I'm writing you based on the information I gathered about the rapid growth of business in your country. It is my pleasure to write you after much consideration since I can not be able to see you face to face at the first point I am Miss MAYOMA ADAMA and my younger brother MASTER ANCHORA ADAMA, the only children of our late father, late Dr. VINCENT ADAMA,from Zulu Kingdom, in the Republic of SOUTH AFRICA.

Our father was an Engineer,a contractor to the PETROLE IVOIRE in the republic of Cote D'Ivoire West Africa before his untimely death. A week after he came back from Cote D' Ivoire, he was assassinated with our mother by unknown assassins, my mother died instantly, but our father died after five days in the hospital.

On that faithful afternoon, I didn't know that our father was going to leave me after I have lost our mother but before he gave up the ghost. He disclosed to us that he has Ten million three hundred U.S Dollars ($10.3Million) in the PETROL IVOIRE Company's account,that the money was obtained through the contract he worked. Fortunately, our father made available all the documents to me before he died. And I have verified from the Director of the P.I in Cote D'Ivoire about this disclosure from our late father.

The (P.I.) company in Cote D'Ivoire has agreed to the authenticity of our father's disclosure, The P.I.Director agreed for the release of our late father's fund, but that our present will be needed in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire for some neccesary formalities. Now,I have decided to transfer this money to a foreign country for proper investment.

I need your assistance in transferring this Fund by making your bank account Data available to me. To transfer this money to your account for investment in your country. For your assistance to me in these transaction i will offer %25 of the totall sum.

Thanks for your kind attention and mutual understanding.

We are waiting to hear from you.

Thanks and God bless you.

Yours faithfully.
Miss Mayoma Adama

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