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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: Juliet Wasie <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 16:00:41 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Miss Juliet:Please be my guardian

Hello dear,

It is of my pleasure writing this letter to you regardless of the fact that you do not know me. However, I had your contact in my private search for a person worthyof trust and confidence
who can assist me.

I am very sorry to bother you with my plight. Please know that it's not by mistake that I am contacting you, but by the special grace of God. After searching for someone I can lay my plight on, I’ve finally come to you after prayers to God. My name is Juliet Wasie from Liberia. I am 20 years old.My father and I escaped from our country to the neighbouring, Ivory Coast at the heat of the civil war in my country, after loosing my mother and two of my senior sisters in the war. They were raped and shot.

My father established his cocoa business in Accra,Ghana. He was in Accra, to negotiate for the purchase of a field when he was involved in an auto crash. There is a big problem here and the people here hate foreigners. He was hospitalised before he finally gave up on the 24th of January.His death has now made me an orphan and I am exposed to danger. As I am writing,foreigners are attacked on a daily basis.

Before the unfortunate sudden death, my father called me to his side and told me he had a total sum of 7.4 million US dollars deposited in a bank here in Abidjan. He said he used me (his only surviving child) as his next of kin to the deposit and in case he fails to make it that I should take care of myself and get someone to help invest the money for me. I have all the documents with me here.

I have confirmed from the bank all the documents he gave to me for the deposit.Now i went for this money but they showed me the documents my dad signed with them that I must be 25 years old before they can hand over the money to me personally.They said I should send them my birth certificate which I did and they told me that am still under the age my dad signed with them.They also told me that my dad made a provision that my guardian can manage the money on my behalf.

This is where I need you now. I am suffering here without money and since he died, I have not gone to school again while there is money lying in store. I have tried to locate any of my family members but all to no avail and this is why I have decided to contact you to assist me in getting the money out from the bank by standing as my Gudraian/Trustee. I want to introduce you to the bank as my guardian and foreign trustee based on trust and on condition that you will not deny me when you recieve the money on my behalf . You will also help me to invest the money in your country,and manage it on my behalf until I am able to complete my studies and stand on my own . Please help me. I have just told them that my guardian will contact them because I don’t want them to take advantage of me that I have no guardian.

I want you to stand for me as my guardian and contact the bank. Tell them you are my guardian and because of the crisis here, you want me to be with you where you can take better care of me. Tell them to transfer the money to you immediately. Please help save my life please. I have no more money here and feeding is a big problem to me now. As soon as the money has been transfered, you will assist me with a letter of invitation that will make me get a visa to your country for residence in order for me to continue my education and to invest the fund in a viable business there. If possible, I'll prefer you come down here and after the release of the money, I will travel back with you.

This money can take care of me there without any problem and please I need you to manage the fund for me, as this is my last hope in life. I am ready to do anything you want provided you help me. You can have 30 percent of the money if you help me.

If this is acceptable to you, send me a mail with your other details such as address to enable me introduce and write to the bank concerning you.

Yours Sincerely,

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