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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: smith jonah smith jonah <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 02:46:24 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Friend,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business
relationship with you. I am Smith Jonah, the only son of late Mr. and Mrs. Mike jonah.

My father was a very wealthy contractor here in London United kingdom. My father was poisoned to death by his relation,who is also his business associate on one of their outings on a business trip.

My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so

Before the death of my father on January 2007 in a private hospital
here in london, he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he
has the sum of seven million United State Dollars. US($7,000.000.00)left in fixed/suspense account in one of the prime banks here in london,that he used my name as his only son for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund.
He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his relation/business associate. 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 or other wise and profitable investment.

As i write this message to you now,my life is at stake,my late fathers
relations wants me dead by all means,so as the have this WILL,all
documents of my late fathers landed properties has been forcely collected from
me,except this WILL,please help me for my life is at stake here.

Sir/Madam, I am honourably seeking for your assistance in the
following ways:

(1)To provide a bank account into which this money would be
transferred into,your name in full,telephone and fax nos if any,home address,bank name and address.

(2)To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am 17 years old without
investment knowledge.

(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further
my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, sir/madam I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as
compensation for your EFFORT/INPUT after the successful transfer of
this fund Into your nominated account overseas while 5% will be maped out
for any expenses we may incure.

Furthermore, please indicate your options towards assisting me as I
believe that this transaction would be concluded within Seven working days you
signify interest to assist me.
Anticipating to hear from you soonest.

Thanks and God bless.
Sincerely yours,
Smith Jonah

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