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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: Miss Ines Jawara <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 19:42:49 +0100 (CET)
Subject: FROM Miss Inez Jawara

FROM Miss Inez Jawara

Dearest One

My Name is Inez Jawara, I am only Daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs.Raymond Jawara, My father was a highly reputable busnness man(A COCOA DEALER) who operated in the economic capital(Abidjan) of Ivory coast during his days.I'm a girl. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad year 12th.Febuary 2004.

Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 6 years old,and since then my father took me so special.

Before his death on Febuary 12 2004 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of US$5.400.000.(FIVE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) left in a security company .He further told him that he deposited the money with my name,.I am a girl just 21 years old and a
university undergraduate and really don't know what to do.

Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds and after the transaction I will come over and by your help I could settle down and plan my future. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.
I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.I wish to invest under your care please.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.But permit
me to ask these few questions:

1. Can you honestly help me as you would do to your own relation?
2. Can I completely trust you as a reliable person? .
3.What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money has been transfered into your account?

Moreover, while I continue with my education I will like to invest my money into lucrative business but I need you to put me through .Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Immedaitely I confirmed your willingness then I will
tell you how we will go about the transaction.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Inez Jawara

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