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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: "Chimara & Mother" <chimarawilliam1818@walla.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: chimarawilliam9696@mail.az
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 11:39:08 +0100
Subject: The Only Son of My Family.

Dear,

I know that this proposal might be a surprise to you but it as an emergency
to our condition with my mother here in Cote D' Ivoire Abijan, Be bless as you help
me and my mother to transfer and invest our money in your country.My name is
Chimara William with My Mother from the republic of Sudan in Central Africa Dafur,
now seeking for refuge in Cote D' Ivoire l under the(UNHCR)united nation high
commission for refuge with my mother.

I got your contact during a desperate search here in Ivory Coast Cote D Ivoire for a possible
investment transaction. My (late) father HON DR. ALMAMMY William, who was the
former ministre of finance and economy in Sudan before he was assinated by
the rebbles in the captal city of Khartoon 2003. And all our properties was
totally destroyed. However, we managed to escape with some of my father's
documents covering $18.500.000 Million dollars(Eighteen Million Five Hundered
Thousand us dollars Only) which is presently deposited safely in a Bank here
in Cote D' Ivoire Abijan West Africa on my name as the only son of the family and the next of kin.

The Bank have approved to transfer the fund deposited on my name but we are
looking for a trust and reaible foreign partner who will assist us to
transfer and inves the fund in his country. i was advice to live with my
mother to Cote D' Ivoire Abijan West Africa because i was the next target as the only son of my family. All the vital documents will be fax to you as our foreign partner
who will recive the fund for the investment.

Meanwhile,we are saddled with the problem of securing a trust worthy foriegn
personality to help us transfer the money and invest it in his country and
into his possession pending our arrival to meet with him. Furthermore, we
only want this done this way because your country is politically stable for
any profitable investment and only if you accept our proposal, you will
serve as the beneficiary of the fund on commencement of this proposed
transactions.

You will send me and my mother a letter of inviation to enable us to get a
visa and fly down to your country once the fund is been transfer to your
country.i hope you will not betray me and my mother because this money is
all our hope since my late fathe r died. I am giving you the offers as
mentioned with every confidence on your acceptance to assist us, we have
decided to invest 40% of the total fund based on equity participation in
your company. Secondly, we shall also take 5% out for any miscelleneous
expenses that may occure during the transfer.

Conclusively, i wish you send me a reply immediately as soon as you recieve
this proposal so that we shall arrange on how this fund will be transfer to
your country. On commencement,this transaction will take nothing less than 4
working days to be accomplished as the bank managment told me and my mother.
All documents covering the fund are safe and intact with us here in Cote D' Ivoire Abijan

i will fax you all the vital documents to enable you to contact the Bank
firm for the transfer.my mother is sending her greetings to you and your
family. kindly keep this transfer secert and confidentail. contact me on
this telephone number as soon as you recive this massage. Tell + 225 064 084 73
for more chimarawilliam121@walla.com

contact me on telephone urgent as soon you recive the massage for more
details and keep it confidetail between you as us.00 225 064 084 73
chimarawilliam11111@walla.com
my mother is sending her greetings to you and your family.call us urgent for
more detail chimarawilliam121@walla.com + 225 064 084 73
Thanks yours son,
Williams & Mother


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