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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:

Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 05:12:04 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Dear=20Sir=2CI=20Need=20Your=20Trust?=

Dear Sir,

It is my great pleasure and the trust which I have on you, though we have
not met before, neither have we seen for the first time, but before I pick
up your E-mail contact and write to you I prayed over it that God should
direct me to a trustworthy and God fearing partner who will help me to invest
this money in a good business of your choice.
For this will permit me to go into business relationship with you, since
I have made up my mind to make this money transfer with you. My name is
Mrs Sandra Soji 42 years old the wife of Late Amadu Brown Osji who was a
Cocoa and Gold marchant in Cotonou Republic of Benin and i have only one
child His name is Kenneth.
My husband was poisoned to death by his business associate on one of their
business outings to Accra Ghana,on 19th Oct 2005. Before the death of my
husband on the 27th November 2005 in a private hospital here. He sincerely
called me on his bed side and told me that he had a sum of($5M US.DOLLARS)which
he deposited in the bank suspence account
He also used his name to Deposit the money and explained to me that it was
because of his wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates, That
i should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will
transfer this money and use it for investment purposes, I want you to assist
me by investing this money into a good business and also be a guardian over
this money I am honourably seeking for your assistance in the following
(1)To assist me to transfer this money into your account successfully
(2)To provide a trust bank account where this money would be transfered

(3)To make arrangement for me and my son to come over to your country for
(4)To help find admission in a good university to enable him finish his
educational career in your country.
In line with this,am willing to offer you 15% percent of the total sum as
compensation for your effort/input after the successfull transfer of this
fund in your safe account Below informations is what i need from you so
that the bank can start this transfer immediately without delay.
Your Bank name and addres together with Account Number Your direct Telephone
and Fax Numbers and Your full name and address. On receipt of the above
mentioned informations, I believe that this transaction would be concluded
within 7 working days as the bank director promised me that he will commence
on the transfer immediately i provide a bank account for remittance.If you
are interested kindly you contact me with my private E-mail (
I am waiting to hear from you soonest.
Thanks and God bless you for your kind understanding.

Best Regards,
Mrs Sandra Soji and Son.

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