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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: "Wilson Adji" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 16:25:27 +0100
Subject: From Wilson Adji

Dear Sir,
My name is Wilson Adji. from Sierra-Leone, the only son of Dr.Johnson adji. Former Personal Assistance to the present Minister for Mines and Natural Resources in-charge of the diamond production sales in my country Sierra-Leone.
Unfortunately some years ago before the peace pact in my country, my father and his colleagues were killed by rebel group of Mr. Foday Sankoh during an inspection visit to the rich diamond mining area in the village of Izumba, where the rebels laid an ambush and open fire on the convoy killing my father and some of his colleagues who where on their way to the diamond mining zone.
Following the peace pact that was introduce by the united nation keeping force some months back, my mother deem it fit to say that it is right time for me to leave the country for safety and for europe or any other stable economic bloc with the 5.million us.dollars Five million dollars deposited by my late father in a finance house on my name as the next of kin or beneficiary, I want you to assist me so that i can transfer this money to your account for safe keeping pending our arrival to your country, to start up an investment in your country through your wise advice.
You will act as my international business representative and also my family business associate,so that i can transfer this money to your account for safe keeping.
I am now in Dakar-Senegal for the facilitation of this transaction.Please kindly communicate your acceptance or otherwise of this proposal through email address for us to discuss the modalities of seeing this transaction through.
However, if you are not disposed to assist kindly destroy the letter in view of the families interest and personal security. I count on you greatly for your assistance.
Please,if where i contacted you is not okay with you,do not hesitate to tell me and provide another address where i will be contacting you.A good percentage awaits you for your assistance.
Expecting to hear from you soon.
My Regard ,
Wilson Adji.

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