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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: "Victor Johnson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 13:22:49 +0000
Subject: I will be looking forward to hearing from you .

Victor Johnson
Dakar Senegal, Refugee Camp,
West Africa.
Tel: 00221 4276245

Hello My Dear,
I am writting this letter with due respect and heartful of tears since we have not known or meet ourselves previously I am asking for your assistance after I have gone through you profile that speaks good of you. we have not met before but with time both of us will know each other better and you should understand my situation and how much I need your help. My Name Is victor Johnson the son of a late sierra-leonian businessman, late Mr Solomon.D.Johnson the Director of (RMS)Gold & Daimond minining company in Sierraleonne .Who died some years ago when the revolutionary united front rebels(R.U.F)attacked our residence in Free Town, Sierra-leone and killed all my family out of wickedness, claiming that my family is strongly in support of the then governing body. Following the cease fire agreement which was reached some years ago with the help of United Nations/ECOWAS peace keeping troops,we used the opportunity to leave the country with a very
important document of(US$9.5m) Nine million Five hundred thousand U.S Dollars my late father deposited with a security company in Dakar Senegal as family treasure. being the only son of my late father ,my name appears in the

deposit documents as next of kin. This money was realised from gold and diamonds sales my late father made when he was alife. As we arrived to this country I and my only surviving Sister are seeking asylum in Dakar-Senegal under(UNHCR). I contacted you for an assistance because of the need to deal with person whom my family/relatives have no previous personal relationship with because I wouldnt want any body related to me to know about us or the existence of this deposit. I needed a trustworthy person who will help us out of our Present Perdicament,hence I contacted you for an assistance hoping that you will not let me down .This deposit in question has been in the Security Company since my father's death,but my main problem now Is that at my age I am confused on how to handle this huge ammount of money and also what to do with it as I don't have anyone to confide on in Senegal here for investment purposes. Understand also that transaction of this nature demands the highest trust an
d confidence between both parties. This transaction is risk free in both sides because my name appears in the deposit documents as next of kin. For

your assistance in this transfer, I have decided to give 15% of the total sum involved and will also compensate you with 5% for the inconveniences the transaction may cost you during the process. Your acceptance of this proposal or otherwise should please be communicated through my E.MAIL address only and Your quick response will be appreciated. However,if you are not disposed to assist, kindly destroy this letter to protect the identity and confidentiality of the parties involved. you can aswell communicate me on this my private

email : or call me with this 00221 4276245
I will be looking forward to hearing from you .
Yours Sincerely
Victor Johnson ,

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