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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: SHARA DIABY <sharadiaby1739@yahoo.fr>
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 12:11:22 +0100 (CET)
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE


DEAR,
PERMIT ME TO INFORM YOU OF MY DESIRE OF GOING INTO
BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. I BELIEVE YOU ARE A
REPUTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE TRUST WORTHY PERSON I CAN DO
BUSINESS WITH AND BY MATTER OF TRUST I MUST NOT
HESITATE TO CONFIDE IN YOU FOR THIS SIMPLE AND SI
NCERE BUSINESS.I AM SHARA DIABY.THE ONLY CHILD OF LATE
DR AND MRS DIABY MY FATHER WAS A VERY WEALTHY COCOA
AND GOLD MERCHANT BASED IN ABIDJAN, THE ECONOMIC
CAPITAL OF IVORY COAST BEFORE HE WAS POISONED TO DEATH
BY HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATES ON ONE OF THEIR OUTING TO
DISCUSS A BUSINESS DEAL.
WHEN MY MOTHER DIED ON THE 21ST OCTOBER 1988, MY
FATHER TOOK ME SO SPECIAL BECAUSE I AM MOTHERLESS.
BEFORE THE DEATH OF MY FATHER ON 24TH NOVEMBER 2000 IN
A PRIVATE HOSPITAL HERE IN ABIDJAN. HE SECRETLY CALLED
ME ON HIS BEDSIDE AND TOLD ME THAT HE HAS A SUM OF
$20,000,000 (THENTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS)
LEFT IN A SUSPENSE ACCOUNT IN A BANK CALLED (BIAO)
BANK HERE IN ABIDJAN, THAT HE USED MY NAME AS HIS ONLY
CHILD AS THE NEXT OF KIN DURING THE TIME OF DEPOSITING
OF THE FUND.

HE ALSO EXPLAINED TO ME THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS
WEALTH THAT HE WAS POISONED BY HIS BUSINESS
ASSOCIATES, AND 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 PURPOSE
SUCH AS REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT)

SIR, I AM HONOURABLY SEEKING YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THE
FOLLOWING WAYS. (1) TO PROVIDE A BANK ACCOUNT WHERE
THIS MONEY WOULD BE TRANSFERED (2) TO SERVE AS THE
GUARDIAN OF THIS FUND. (3) TO MAKE ARRANGEMENT FOR ME
TO COME OVER TO YOUR COUNTRY TO FURTHER MY EDUCATION
AND TO SECURE A RESIDENTIAL PERMIT FOR ME IN YOUR
COUNTRY. MOREOVER,

I AM WILLING TO OFFER YOU 25% OF THE TOTAL SUM AS
COMPENSATION FOR YOUR EFFORT /INPUT AFTER THE
SUCCESSFUL TRANSFER OF THIS FUND TO YOUR NOMINATED
ACCOUNT OVERSEA. FURTHERMORE, YOU CAN INDICATE YOUR
OPTION TOWARDS ASSISTING ME AS I BELIEVE THAT THIS
TRANSACTION WOULD BE CONCLUDED WITHIN SEVEN (7) DAYS
YOU SIGNIFY INTEREST FROM YOU IMMEDIATELY.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS.
BEST REGARDS.
SHARA
please you can reach me Via sharadiaby1732@yahoo.fr



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