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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: salige meredith <salige12@yahoo.co.jp>
Reply-To: salige3meredith@yahoo.fr
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 08:28:28 +0900 (JST)
Subject: DEAREST ONE,

DEAREST ONE,
GOOD DAY AND HOW ARE YOU TODAY? I HOPE YOU ARE FINE I DESIRE OF ASKING YOU TO BE A GUARDIAN ORFOSTER PARENT TO ME AND THEN HELP ME OUT IN WHAT I AM TO TELL YOU. I'M MEREDITH SALIGE I AM 19 YEARS THE DAUGHTER OF LATE MR. & MRS. JOSEPH U. SALIGE. OUR FATHER WAS A VERY WEALTHY COCOA MERCHANT HERE IN
ABIDJAN, THE ECONOMIC CAPITAL OF COTE D'IVOIRE. HE WAS POISONED TO DEATH BY HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATES ON ONE OF THEIR OUTINGS ON A BUSINESS TRIP. MY MOTHER DIED WHEN I AM A BABY. BEFORE THE DEATH OF MY FATHER ON SEPT. 2005 IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL HERE IN ABIDJAN, HE SECRETLY CALLED ME BY HIS BED SIDE
AND TELL ME THAT HE HAS THE SUM OF EIGHT MILLION TWO HUNDRED AND THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS USD ($8.200,000) DEPOSITED IN A SUSPENSE ACCOUNT IN ONE OF THE BIG BANKS HERE IN ABIDJAN. HE TOLD ME THAT HE USED MY NAME AS THE NEXT OF KIN IN DEPOSITING THE MONEY. HE THEN STRONGLY ADVISED ME NOT TO
SEEK FOR ASSISTANCE IN THE INVESTMENT OF THE MONEY FROM HIS LAWYER NOR ANY OF HIS FRIEND HERE BUT TO SEEK FOR A FOREIGN PARTNER FROM A COUNTRY OF MY CHOICE (OUTSIDE OUR COUNTRY,COTE D'IVOIRE) THAT WILLL ASSIST ME IN THE
WISE INVESTMENT OF THE MONEY. SINCE THE MONEY IN THE BANK WITH THE VIEW OF MAKING USE OF IT FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES AFTER MY EDUCATION CARRIER HERE. BUT AS YOU MAY BE ALREADY AWARE BY NOW, OUR COUNTRY (COTE D'IVOIRE) IS PRESENTLY AT POLITICAL CRISES. REBELS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN
OVER THE WHOLE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY AND MAKING EFFORTS TOWARDS THE CAPTURE OF THE COMMERCIAL CENTER OF THE COUNTRY, ABIDJAN, FOR THIS URGLY DEVELOPMENT IN THIS COUNTRY, NOW DECIDED TO TAKE QUICK ACTIONS AND HAVE THIS MONEY TRANSFERRED OUT OF THIS COUNTRY BEFORE IT
IS TOO LATE TO DO THAT. NOW WANT TO TRANSFER IT OUT AND USE IT FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSE LIKE REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT OR HOTEL MANAGEMENT.BECAUSE OF THIS I HONORABLY SEEKING YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: (1) TO SERVE AS A GUARDIAN TO ME AND THEN ASSIST ME TRANSFER THE MONEY
INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT. (2) TO MAKE ARRANGEMENT FOR ME TO COME OVER TO YOUR COUNTRY TO FURTHER MY EDUCATION AND THEN SETTLE THERE PARMANENTLY. IF YOU ACCEPT TO STAND AS MY GUARDIAN OR FOSTER PARENT TO ME, NEED NOT
DISCUSS ON ANY PERCENTAGE WITH YOU AS YOU HAVE TO SEE THE WHOLE MONEY AS YOURS AND THEN ASSIST ME INVEST IT. BUT IF YOU STILL WANT A PERCENTAGE, WILLING TO OFFER YOU, 20 % OF THE TOTAL MONEY AS COMPENSATION FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU FEEL THE PERCENTAGE I OFFERED IS NOT OK BY YOU.
AS SOON AS I RECEIVE YOUR CONCRETE ASSURANCE TO ASSIST ME WITH THE PROPOSAL AND ALSO YOUR FULL CONTACT ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER, I WILL THEN GIVE THE BANK YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION AND THEN TELL THEM TO TRANSFER THE MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT AS I WANT TO COME OVER TO STAY WITH YOU PARMANENTLY. THE BANK
WILL THEN CONTACT YOU AND COMMUNICATE WITH YOU ON THE TRANSFER. YOU SHALL THEN BE GIVING ME INFORMATION ON WHEN THETRANSFER WILL BE OVER.I SHALL ALSO SEND PICTURE TO YOU AND SHALL ALSO NEED YOURS TOO. NO MATTER WHAT YOUR DECISION MAY TURN OUT TO BE, PLEASE I BEG YOU TO KEEP THIS HIGHLY SECRET FOR
MY SAFETY, AS I BELIEVE THAT THOSE THAT KILLED MY FATHER ARE STILL AFTER ME. PLEASE CONTACT ME IN THIS EMAIL
THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU .
BEST REGARDS,
MEREDITH SALIGE


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