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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: Lilian Atata <lilianlove102001@yahoo.fr>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 16:30:57 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Goodday Dear Sir


Hello Dear Sir,

Hope everything is fine with you over there.Mine is boring here.As you already know my name is Miss Lilian Atata,single and never married,l am from Liberia in west Africa and presently l am residing in here in Dakar Senegal as a result of the civil war that broke out in my country.

My late father Dr Francis Atata was chairman managing director(ATATA INDUSTRIAL COMPANY LTD),in monrovia the capital of my country,and he was also the personal advicer to the former head of state before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and destroy all my family members.It is only me that is alive now because l was in school then and l managed to make my way here.


Please listen to this,when my father was alive he deposited some amount of money in a leading bank in which he used my name as the next of kin,the amount in question is $5.7(Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars).

So l will like you to help me transfer this money to your account and from it you can send some money for me to get my travelling documents and air ticket to come over to meet with you.I kept this secret to people in this camp here the only person that knows about it is the Reverend because he is like a father to me.

I have informed the bank about my plans to claim this money and the only thing they told me is to look for a foreign partner who will stand on my behalf due to my refugee status and the laws of this country.You will have 15% of the total money helping me and and 5% for any expenses that might come up in this transfer,then the remaining money will be managed by you in any business of your choice.

So in the light of above l will like you to keep it to yourself and don't tell it to anyone for l am afraid of loosing my life and the money if people gets to know about it.Remember l am giving you all this information due to the trust that came from my mind l deposed on you.I like honest and understanding people,truthful and a man of vision,truth and hardworking.My favourite language is english language and is what l speak english very fluently.Just feel free to ask whatever you want to know about me and sure l will tell you and please lets be honest and truthful to eachother.Have a nice day. Awaiting to hear from you soonest.You can contact me with this e-mail address (lilianlove102001@yahoo.fr)
Thanks and Regards
Lilian Atata.



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