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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: <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 20:41:47 +0900 (JST)

Hello Dear,

Pls i really gave this issue a second thought before i decided to contact you and relate this matter before you as to seek for your kindhearted help and assistance as i have no other alternative considering my present condition as an orphan Pls, i pray that God will grant you the heart to
fully understand my problems and my uncomfortable situations.

Really, i want to use this means to contact you in respect of my late father's consignment deposited with a private security company, Firstly I am Miss Saara, My father was the director of cocoa farmers assocation in my country and he was into cocoa business as well, My Father deposited some
amount of money ($8million) inside a box and deposited it as a consignment with a private security company as there was no possible means he could safe keep this money, This was because of the war in my country and it was the only means and way which my father could possibly move out this money
from our country because of the political war,

My father used his position to move out this consignment through a diplomatic means to the security company's affiliated vault outside my country because of the war, My father had the intention to travel over to the security company's vault outside our country to claim and retrive back this
consignment and use the money for an overseas investment, Before he was killed, as a result of the political war in my country, which i believe that you must have heared about it over the news media,( BBC,CNN,VOA,FOX NEWS) Pls since i am left alone as an orphan having lost my father and other
members of my family that is why i have decided to contact you to seek for your total help and assistance in retriving this consignment, due to my age as a girl and coupled with my present situation and my inablity to travel out of my country to the vault of the security company, i want you to
help me to claim and retrive this conignment and have the money invested in your country and as well help me to relocate to your country to start my life again and as well to conclude my education, My Greatest problem is that the only person who is surposed to care for me (My Uncle) has refused
to care for me as he is only interested in my late father's left properties which he has totally taking over without making any provision for my well being, My uncle decided out of his wicked heart and drove me away from his compound because of my unhappy actions against him over my late father's
left properties which he has totally taken over without any provision for my well being Presently i am staying alone and i find it hard to survive and to sustain myself, Of cause i decided not to let him know about this consignment because if he by any means know about it, He will look for a way
to take it away from me if possible, he might want to kill me considering the amount of money that my late father left, Pls i seek for your assistance, I seek your advise, I seek your suggestion and unreserved help in this matter, My intention to have my life secured and conclude my education
and have this inheritance invested in a proper business venture is my Hope, It is where my life and my entire future depends on, Pls Advice me and Help Me.

Pls i am willing to offer you 10% of the money inside the consignment as soon as it is claimed and retrived from the vault of the security company, Most Especially a lasting relationship is what i will so much cherish and appreciate from you as i am left alone as an orphan, I will like to become
a part of your family, i will cherish to be seriously closer to you and have you as my Guardian, My Companion My Partner and my representative over my inheritance. Pls i am willing to detail you more and more about this matter, i want you to know that this is the only inheriance which my late
father left which is presently within my possesion as my wicked uncle has totally taken over all that my loving father left, It is the only hope that i have to start my life again therefore i will higly need your total consent in this matter.

I am waiting for your soonest reply and i will tell you more about this matter May God bless you as you consider to help and assist me an orphan.

Yours orphan in need
Miss Saara

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