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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: "justina shaw" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 12:56:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: How are you today?

Dear Beloved, I know this letter will come to you when you list expected it due to the fact that there is no pre information in advance, but due to the urgency attached to it. As introduction, I am the only surviving daughter from my mothers side to late Donald Shaw, who is now late, who died on Alaska Airlines Flight 261 in January 31, 2000. Reference: Most unfortunately for me I came from a polygamous family and a student but out of school because of this problem. During my father's lifetime, he was actively engaged in ILLEGAL MINING AND SALES OF DIAMOND, from where he made his enormous wealth.Prior to my fathers death, he left a (WILL) with his lawyer, which was made available to us upon Observation and conclusion of burial befitting my father. And as the only daughter most of his properties were willed to me, most importantly is the sum of US$13.5M (Thirteen million five hundred thousand United States dollars}
which he deposited in a private security company,this is also among the inheritance from my deceased father. Since introduction of this (WILL) all my fathers relatives have not been at peace with me, they were not happy how my father assigned all the enormous wealth to me. They have systematically and forcefully collected from me all documents of the properties (Willed) to me. Not including a huge amount of money in one of the banks in Europe which they could not withdraw due to a court order restraining either party from making withdrawals pending the determination of a litigation filled by my father's relations challenging the(WILL) Now since I am too hard for them the (relatives) to subdue, they were making attempts to kill me so that nobody can stop them from carrying out their act, as they have succeeded in killing my mother last year. Infarct the fear and warning of killing has griped me so much that I could not bear it anyone, hence I ran away to our family military
man,with advise of my fathers lawyer to safeguard my life and this US$13.5 million that was not known to them. Considering my age and inexperienced in business and investment procedures, please I want you to help me in taking good custody of this funds and invest it in a profitable venture in a country where there is Economic and political stability. If you assent to help me in this regard, we shall then discuss what I will give you in return for your assistance. And you will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with me upon which you shall proceed to the official premises of the Security Company to take delivery of the funds for further investment. Please put into consideration my in capabilities in some respect,therefore I wouldpreferallcorrespondence to be through Email which is more secret and confidential, as I can not use my school mate fatherstelephone to avoid jeopardizing my stay there. Every document concerning these funds is secured, upon request it
will be sent to you. Should you not be willing to collaborate with me in this venture, please inform me urgently to enable me look for another person.Thanks in anticipation toyour positive response. Yours truly, Justina Shaw.

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