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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: Cynthia Gilbert <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:16:16 +0000
Subject: From Cynthia and Gilbert Ogodo/Appeal for Assistance.

>From Cynthia and Gilbert Ogodo/Appeal for Assistance.
Dearest One,
Greetings in the name of God. We are Cynthia and Gilbert Ogodo from Sierra Leone.We are writing you from Rep of Cote d'Ivoire where we Have been taking refuge after the brutal war and Murder of our parents by the rebels during the renewed fighting in our country Sierra Leone. Because of the war our late Father sold his shipping company and took us to a nearby country Cote d'Ivoire where he deposited US$8,000,000.00 Million (Eight Million United States Dollars) in his foreign account with one of the bank here in Cote d'Ivoire.Please, we have prayed before contacting you with the trust in God that you will be of help to me and my Sister.We are seeking for your assistance to transfer this money to your account for a good investment project in your country and also for us relocate to your country to further our study.We are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum for Your assistance. Please help us to get out of this terrible situation and our Almighty God will bless you.please kindly call us on +22508022382 for more discussion. Best RegardsCynthia and Gilbert Ogodo.
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