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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: Mary Pujeh <mary_pujeh37@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <gregpujeh22@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 22:57:36 +0100
Subject: FROM MRS MARY PUJEH



Hello beloved One, Am writing you this latter with heart full of tears.i need your help. I know that this mail must surelly come to you as a surprise? Since we have not seen or know each other before. Thank you for taking the time to read this mail. My name is Mrs. MARY PUJEH ALLEN, from Diamond rich country district of Bombali in Northern Province of Sierra Leone. I am the widow of the Late Mr.MOMOH PUJEH ALLEN, the managing director of Sierra Leone diamond mining co-operation and transport minister. I am currently living in a refugee center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. My family and I have been unfortunate to find ourselves caught up in a very difficult situation in Abidjan. I know you will be surprise to receive this message, but it is of utmost importance to me and my family. Anyway, I am about to entrust my destiny and the destiny of my whole dependants on your shoulder if you can help us, it will also be of immense benefit to you too. This transaction demands utmost trust, honesty, integrity and most important, secrecy. It is only through the above that my family and I will be assured of our security.This regrettable situation led to the killing of my husband and only daughter and the displacement of my family During the brutal civil war in my country Sierra Leone, my late husband of blessed memory was brutally murdered by the rebels led by Mr. Foday Sankoh, he was murdered with my only daughter (Nina). But my two sons (Greg & Daniel) and I managed to escape to Ivory Coast, a neigbouring country through the help of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). But before my Late husband's death, he drew my attention to a box containing about twelve million US dollars ($12 Million) which he smuggled out at the start of the war to a Local Bank in Abidjan, He made the deposit in name of my son Greg Pujeh, He also gave me the certificate of deposit and receipt issued to him by the Bank, which I still have in my possession. The problem I have is that as a refugee, the immigration law does not allow us to open or hold operate bank account here, and the language barrier since here is a french country, I do not want to seek the assistance of just anybody for fear of being duped or defraud of our only livelihood, I have sold almost all my jewelries to keep body and soul together, hence the Ivoirian Government is not really taking care of us. What is required of you is to give us your full name, telephone and fax numbers and contact address so that I can secure a Power of Attorney in your favour that would enable you contact the Bank as the beneficiary of the Fund. You can then transfer the funds to your bank account after all legal documentations are done and secured. In order to make it worthwhile, we will give you part of the money. We have also map out 5% of the principal sum for any expenses that you may incurred during the transaction process which includes your traveling expenses, we intend to invest the remaining part of the money on your advice in any lucrative business ventures in your country, you may even act as our financial adviser if you are so disposed. If you want to help, you can contact my son Greg Pujeh Allen who recently got a job in one of the local firms here in town on his email address (gregpujeh22@hotmail.com) or through his number +22509367782. I am looking forward to your immediate response, as I believe that destiny has brought us together. Yours Faithfully, Mrs. Mary Pujeh Allen

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