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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: alimatou sal <>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 08:14:36 -0500 (EST)
Subject: From miss alimatou.

Hello Dear,
I am Mss Alimatou.I am writting this letter with due respect and
heartful of tears since we have not known or met ourselves previously,I am
asking for your assistance after I have gone through your profile that speaks
good of you.I want to find out if it's possible for you to deal with
individual as to investment. When i came across your profile and I feel it's
highly reputable that is why I pick an interest getting across to you in
respect of investment at my disposal. I will be so glad if you can allow me and
lead me to the right channel towards your assistance to my situation now.
I am fair in complexion, i am about 5fit 7in tall, i love sport out,
going activities, watching of moving, shopping, walking etc.In a nutshell, My
name is Miss Alimatou Saleeby 25 yars old from the republic of Liberia in
west Africa, now seeking for refugee in Dakar-Senegal under the (UNHCR). I
seek your assistance as mentioned with every confidence on your assistance
to marriage,and to possibly invest in your company and manage the money
for me.I am looking for someone who can take me as child I promise to be
obidient to you and I will bring happiness to your life.
I therefore write to inform you that I am the only surviving child and
daughter of the deceased Dr ELIAS SALEEBY the former MINISTER OF
FINANCE / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CENTRAL BANK OF LIBERIA in the year July 1997-Feb. 2003. The reason for this correspondence is to formally request for mutual assistance on business relationship with you in order to benefit from
your wealth of experience in business. The secret fact therefore, is that my
father kept the sum of US$19,700,000.00 (Nineteen million seven
hundred thousand US Dollars) CASH. The money is deposited at Lyion Trust
Security And Finanace Company. for safe keeping.consecutively in
US$5,000,000.00, US$5,000,000.00, US$4,700,000.00 respectively.
The money is the share of pro ceeds from a deal executed with my
father's colleagues in the hierarchy of membership of the LIBERIAN JOINT PUBLIC
TENDER BOARD during a contract award to an Ukrainian - RUSSIA Diamond
Extracting Company when my father was a chairman. Due to the civil war
caused by rebel leader Charles Taylor who has just been toppled by
another rebel group and my father's status as a civil-servant bylaw in my
country and the sensitivity of my father's position that attracts public
attention, he cannot operate a Domiciliary account in order to keep this large sum
of money in a bank in my country.My father retired and died lately before he could withdraw this money here in Dakar Senegal and ransfer it out of Africa. I anticipate to conclude arrangement to start this venture with you as quick as possible. I
will be grateful if you could assist to divert this fund into your account. A
little amount of DIAMOND is also deposited at SAGAM TRUST AND SECURITIES
Dakar,Senegal the sub-Saharan region of Africa before his death. The
diamond which is about 790grams is absolutely colourless and the highest colour
grade and large carat size, rated as the best grade of diamond; is
estimated for millions of US dollars by a germologist that my father invited to
examine the diamond sometimes ago before his death.

Due to my youthful age and Senegalese laws on refugee, I decide to
claim the money now with a foreign partner. Upon your indicated interest, we will
arrange for a meeting in the country of your choice when the money is
moved from the securities Companies to your account and discuss in details
the terms of agreement. I want to invest in any company that you suggest
under your professional guidance and to advise about the sale of the DIAMOND.
Please include your private mobile telephone number in your reply for easy
communication. I earnestly await your urgent response as I expect you
to treat this matter with required maturity, attention and committment.
Best Regards

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