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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: coly zaki <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 01:29:43 +0200
Subject: CAN I TRUST YOU???????


Dearest Beloved,

Please kindly go through this letter before you pass judgment because I am in need of assistance. I am Mr.Coly Zaki the son of late Alhaji Sadique Zaki from Sierra Leone.I must confess my agitation is real, and my words is my bond, in this proposal

My late father happens to be in control of a large number of farms including cattle.s and many sheep before he was poisioned by his foreign business partners in Paris with my mother in one of their farmers association meeting because of greed.

But before his death my late father deposited some amount of money outside our country in bank at the tone of Four Million United States Dollars $4,000.000.00. So i and my little sister are no longer safe here as the present government of Sierra Leone are working with almost all the killers of my late father as one of them has been just be made a minister, name undisclosed because of security reasons.
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Furthermore we have contacted the bank where the money is depsoited and the bankers let us understand that they signed an agreement with our late father that the total money must be transferred into his foreign business partner account undisclosed to them and that is the major reason why i am contacting you now for assistance.

All I needed from you now is your full names and address including your direct and personal telephone number for easy communication as you know that this transaction is a very confidential one.

Please Kindly get back to me immediately after you must have gone through my message fill free and make it urgent. That is the reason why I offered you 15 % of the total money amount, and in case of any other necessary expenses you might incur during this transaction.

N.B Try and negotiate for me some profitable blue chip investment opportunities which is risky free which I can invest with this money when it is transfered from the bank here, personally I am interested in estate man agement and hotel business, please advise me.For more explanation write me through my alternative e-mail address ( []) .

And promise me and my younger sister to be a father considering our situation and not to betray us.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Best regards

Mr.Coly Zaki

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