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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: wisdom toply <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 23:17:06 +0200

Country: Ivory Coast,Location: West Africa.TEL: +22502083533.
Email: wisdomtoply1@yahoo.frGood day,
We know it might be a surprise to receive a letter like this from unknown person. We are Wisdom & Sarah Toply, the only son and daughter of chief. and Mrs. David Toply. I am 20years old while my younger sister is 18years old.Our late father was the former Director of Mines and Mineral resources in Democratic Republic of Sierra Leone during the regime of the late former President of my country. My father took refuge here in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire after the death of the President.
He was poisoned by his former business partners and later died and left us and our mother his companies and other properties, but Within a year of his death, my Mother was also killed by hired killers, before my mother was killed, she called I and my younger Sister to hand over my late fathers documents to us. after she have handed over the documents to me, my uncles started demanding for the Documents of my late fathers wealth which is their culture here. I now called the authorities, who came and told my uncles that my father made a will that all his properties belongs to his children.
After they have made that statement my uncles started fighting against us to an extend they went and arranged for hired killers to kill I and my younger sister.The first time they came to our home when I wasn't around,my younger sister Sarah was shot and two of our security men was killed also before the police men came, they had escaped, that made us to park out of the compound we thought it will be over that way but it continue happening, that makes us to stop going to school.Because we are afraid let something not happen to us in school premises,That is the reason why we contacted you as an honest person so that you can help us in transferring my late fathers money into your bank account.
The said fund is (US$10.500,000) Ten million five hundred thousand United State Dollars, has been deposited into one of the banks in Abidjan Cote D Ivoire . I will be greatful if you will accept the 30% we have mapped out for you after transferring this money to your accounts successfully and after this transfer you are going to help us to come over to your country and continue our education. Please do your best to help us and God will bless You.
Please, consider this and get back to us for more details as soon as possible on our private email address :- or on our telephone number +22502083533.
Thank you so much and God bless.
Our sincere regards,WISDOM & SARAH TOPLY
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