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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: rose donald <>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 03:37:30 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Greetings From: Rose Donald

Greetings From: Rose Donald
Address: Rue 151, Plot 12 Abidjan 01
Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire .

Dearest one,
I am Rose Donald, The only daughter of late Mr. Frank Donald, A Director in The Sierra Leone National Diamond & Gold Mining Company, Who lost his live during the political upheaval nurtured by The Sierra Leone rebels to eject The incumbent President.
When my late father is still alive he controls all the sales of Diamond & Gold both internal and external, before his death, some large quantities of Diamond & Gold were exported to a Saudi Arabian firm which the proceeds has not been remitted into The Government treasury due to the political crisis in Sierra Leone.
Now that the rebels troops has captured and killed my late father, The proceeds which is US$7,000,000.00 (Seven Million United State dollars) was left on the control of I and my younger brother in one of the bank here in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire, west Africa.
This money which my late father supposed to remit into the government treasury is now under the care of I, and my younger brother, which we are with the original lodgement documents of the deposit.
Now, we have arrived in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire and have successfully found the bank where these fund were been deposited and the bank has confirmed the deposit true.
Now we are seeking for your urgent assistance as a trusted someone who is in a position to assist us transfer this fund to your Country for our own investment as per the instruction given to us by our late father.
Meanwhile, I, and my younger brother have resolved to gratify you with (10%) percent of the total fund for your assistance in the transaction.
We also beg you to introduce us in a good business which can give much profit, and remember to keep this message confidential for security purposes. Please kinly reply me in this pravate email ( )
Thanks and remain blessed
Rose Donald

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