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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 Williams <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 06:16:17 -0800 (PST)
Subject: I Seek Your Assistance


How are you doing I hope all is well with you,
Do not be surprise or get offended for receiving this message from me, It just that I have been obliged to lay a mere trust on you due to my situation here in the refugees camp In Senegal Dakar,


I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here . am Miss,Rose Williams. 23 years old girl from (Ivory Coast) but currently here In Dakar Senegal West Africa,the only daughter of Late Tunde Williams. I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment , am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved parents

Meanwhile I wanted to escape from Africa to any where in the world but she hide away my international passport, and other valuable travel ling documents. Luckily she did not discover where I kept my father’s File which contains important documents. So I decided to run to the refugee camp where I am presently seeking asylum under the United Nation for Refugee here in Dakar Republic of Senegal. I wish to contact you personally for a long term relationship that may lead us to somewhere better if we work well on it.

My father was a very big business Man in my country (Ivory Coast), Before I go into further details please be informed that I am writing without any other person's Prue-knowledge of my contacting you. Therefore i will appreciate same attitude to be maintained,

All through the days before the death of my father he revealed to me about some money he deposited in the Bank with my name for security reasons.. the amount was ($10.3Million) and families treasure (80kg of 22Carats Gold) which was his own share from a sales of Diamond when he was Alfie,

I want you to stand as my beneficiary next of kin/Trustee representative to enable Habib Bank release the money on my behalf, However I sincerely ask for your assistance to get this fund out of the bank and your share for assisting me will be 20% of the total sum,while 10% will be use for upsetting all the expenses incurred during transferring of this fund to any nominated Bank Account then remaining 70% you will help me to invest it in your country,

I want to assure you that this transactions is 100% guarantee,

As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this relationship and transaction sincerely.
Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Please, do keep this only to your self. do not disclose this transaction to any -person expect your business partners or any person you trust,

Thanks for your respond,
Rose Williams

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