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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: Akiwa Akol <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 11:28:57 +0000
Subject: I am Mrs Lisa Shehata

Compliment of the seasonI am Mrs Lisa Shehata, wife of late Mr Richard Shehata.My husband was among the people that were killed early 2006 by the military in the recent war in Darfur-Sudan. Since after his death, i ran away with my only son Aiwakol to Lome-Togo, I do hereby wish to ask for your assistance in urgent help that requires absolute honesty and secrecy person.My husband deposited funds with a security company in Lome-Togo,worth about US$10,000,000.00(Ten Million United States Dollars).Immediately my husband was confirmed dead, I made away with my only son to Togo,now i have contacted the security company were my husband deposited the money and they ask me come with all the document,and i have all with me here,and I have really been waiting for a more suitable time and opportunity to contact somebody concerning this. Right now, the money is in a safe place, he deposited it with a security company for safe keeping. I am using this opportunity to seek for your assistance to move this money to your country,and to be invested in your conutry,on behalf of my only son. For this business to be concluded immediately, all you need to do is to give me your full name and contact address Phone/Fax numbers.Please we can't do this on our own because we don't have account else where, moreover, we don't have any business or conpany to cover-up,this money this is why we needed your assistance.I will give you the full power to manage the money on behalf of my son in your country.I shall forward to you the certificate of deposit when i receive your reply.Yours faithfully, Mrs Lisa Shehat
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