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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: aisha amed <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 11:42:12 +0200
Subject: Dearest Please Come And Assist Us



May Peace be upon you, I know is wrong to contact you through this means! but is just that i am desparate and my pressent condition now is fruastrating, that was why i use this medium to fasting up my request to solicit your help..

I am Aisha the daughter of the late Mr Alhaj Mohamed Amed assacinated sinator in Zimbabwe, My father was killed including my Mother under political problem. After the killings the killer squad came after me and my Brother we had to run out of our country to in Abidjan,capital of ivoiry coast in west africa where we are currently staying).

For the past five months now. I want you to come and assist me claim this Box that my dad depoisted into (Security company here in Abidjan d'ivoiry ($3 .800,000,000$) Please could you come down here assist us standing as forieng friend of my late Father brouth the money out of the Security company. So that the money will transferd into your account in your country and also took me and my brother out of here that had made us orphan.

Why i contacted you was that i went to the Security company to claim the box since my late father use my name as the next of kin to the deposit the Money! but i was told by the (company Director that my late father made an agreement with them that i have to get to the age of 25yrs before i can make claim of the money or alternativlly i should provide a guardain who can make the claim on my behalf and that was why i contacted you.

With the situation of things not getting better in our country, we have now decided to transfer this money to your account in your country where we can invest it, we are afraid of investing this money here in Abidjan for fear of encountering the same experience in future since both Countries have the same political history.

Please if your willing to help us out and made us orphan. I will give you 10% percentage for recieving us includ the money and taking care of us' I will also forward you the Security company contact if you want to contact them.

Please kindly assist me and my brother has been passing through hard for long time now. I must tell you this money is our last hope,

Am waiting for your replyThanksYours Faithfully.Daughter Aisha Amed

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