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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: "Mrs. Jain Cisse," <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 20:47:50 +0000

>From Mrs. Jain Cisse,

Good Day Dear, I know this mail will come to you as a surprise, nevertheless I am Mrs. Jain Cisse aged 55 years, the wife of Major Gen. Cisse John, Chief Security Officer of the Aide-de–camp of president Charles Taylor of Liberia.

As a result of the on-going war in my country, I am saddled with problems of my ill health of protracted diabetes and high blood pressure which is getting of increase in the resent times due to getting a trust worthy individual abroad to receive the sum of US $ 6.5 million and 2.400 kg of Diamond (4 tones) of Rough Diamond in stock on our behalf.

Due to this crises presently in my city Monrovia our home town, my husband managed to sneak me and my son Patrick and daughter Fatima out of Monrovia Liberia to Dakar senegal for safety. We were sneaked into Dakar Senegal through the land boarder by the help of some government militant group.

My husband adviced me to get a trust worthy individual abroad to receive the deposit. I feel confident therefore to introduce myself and this offer to you based on this problem of war in my country and our present condition as all our foreign contacts and connections
got bunt in our house by the wicked rebels, some lost during this crises, most properties burnt by the rebels. Me and my children are desperately in need to move and re-locate this huge deposit to your country for safe keeping on the advice of my late husband as this
is the only wealth remaining for the future survival and well being of our large family. For your assistance, a negotiable percente will be discussed as soon as I receive your response based on this plea for your assistance as our lives are highly in danger due to the
rebels and war in our country.I pray and plead for your help. God bless you as you heed to my plead for assistance.
Yours Sincerely.
Mrs.Jain Cisse and Son Patrick.

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