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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 22:05:05 +0100 (MET)
Subject: From Jude & Sister.

>From Jude & Sister.
Private and Confidential,
Abidjan - Cote d'Ivoire.

My Dear,
It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my Sister, intend to establish in your country. Though we have not met with you before but we believe, one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life. There is this amount of SEVEN
MILLION THREEHUNDRED US DOLLARS ($7.300.000) which our late father deposited with a security company in Abidjan Capital city of Ivory Coast which he wanted to used for his political ambition before his death.

Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of ours. But God knows the truth! Now we have decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe enough for security and political reasons.

We want you to help us claim and receive the consignment which will be sent to you through diplomatic means to your address to avoid any trace and to enable you plan for the investment in your country while we further our education. We will like to invest part of the money into these three investments in your country, but if there is any other business that is better than our suggestion, we will be very glad to follow your advice.

1). Real estate
2). The transport industry
3). Five star hotel
If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer to you
10% of the total fund while the balance will be invested by you,while we continue
with our education.
Feel free to call us at +22508966711 for more information.
I await your soonest response.

Respectfully yours,
Jude & Sister.

Prueba el Nuevo Correo Terra; Seguro, r&aacute;pido, fiable.

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