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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:

From: elizabeth tolbeth <>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 14:41:41 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Mrs Elizabeth Tolbeth

From: Mrs Elizabeth Tolbeth
Abidjan, Ivory-Coast

My dear Partner,

I am Mrs Elizabeth Tolbeth, the wife of Late Dr.Robert Tolbeth, a former Director General in the Ministry Of Health in Liberia (West-frica). Without taking much of your time, I would wish to inform you that my Late husband was a top government official within the ranks of Ex- President Charles Taylor's government in Liberia.He was brutally murdered by President Charles Taylor's killer squad team on a frame-up charge that he joined hand in attempting to overthrow the government of Ex- President Taylor when the President was attending a peace talk mission in Accra Ghana.
While in detention in the military camp in the capital city (Monrovia), before he was subsequently killed, he disclosed to me that he has deposited the sum of $13,700. 000 USD(Thirteen Million seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in a disclosed finance deposit Bank in Europe.That in the wake of his death, I should proceed to the bank to identify myself as the beneficiary of the money.With the assistance of an Attorney, I have been able to trace the bank in Europe and it was actually confirmed that my late husband did deposit the aforementioned amount with the bank.
I am by virtue of this sudden development seeking your assistance to help me in moving this money to your country preferably into your personal bank account for investment. I hold you on the highest esteem that I will not be disappointed when this money eventually gets to your custody/account. I have the confidence of investing the whole money into any lucrative business in your country based on her economic and political stability.Without mincing words, you stand to play the role of a principal partner in any investment to be carried out with the money, together with some amount of percentage to be agreed upon as soon as I receive a positive reply from you.The percentage will be your reward for all your moral and financial assistance during the period of moving the money to your country.You are therefore requested to reply me through my e-mail address declaring your willingness to assist me in this venture. elizabethelizabeth_tolbeth@yahoofr
Waiting for a very quick response from you.
Have a nice time and God bless you.

Best Regards,
Mrs Elizabeth Tolbeth

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