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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 Jenifer Williams <>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 14:29:40 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Treat as Urgent From Miss Jennifer William



With regard to your reputation and co-worshipper of
God who will not disappoint me nor deny me in faith,
I am directing this letter of assistance to you. I
am Miss Jennifer william the daughter of Mr steven
from Republic of Zimbabwe really in dear need to get
somebody who will safe guard the interest of me and
my treasure. Briefly, my father Mr Steven William
was a successful businessman who was based in
Ghana and had a branch office in sierra leone
My father was a wealthy businessman who was so
successful in his business ventures in his life time.
According to my father, my own mother died when I
was about six years of age which means that I did
not even know my mother very well.
The story is that my father Mr Steven William
was poisoned to
death by his business associates about some months
ago, and he died in a private hospital here in
Sierra leone But when he was about to die, he called me
beside his sick bed and told me that he deposited
the sum of Ten Million seven hundred thousand United
State Dollars (USD10.7M) in a confidence account as
bond in a bank here in Sierra leone west african this
money was kept for me his only Daughter. Right now I am
here in Sierra leone in west africa
My problem now is that
since my father has been poisoned to death by his
business associates, I don't even trust any other
person here again and to this effect, I do contact
you. Right now, I want you to help me in the
following ways:
1) I want you to help me extract this money from the
bank here and then provide a bank account where this
amount here (USD10.7M) can be transferred.
2) You are going to be the manager of this fund and
also my personal guardian until I finished my
studies as I'm just 24 years old.
3) You are going to procure admission for me to
continue my studies in one of the known university
in your country.
4) That you must prepare immediately to make a
working visit to Sierra leone here so that me and you can
see each other and we can then do the transfer of
the fund to your account at the same time and I will
go back with you to your country for the fund
5) You are going to receive 20% of the total sum for
your assitance to me.
I appreciate if you consider my condition and help
me,and I am willing to proceed with you as soon as I
have your response. Please try to contact me
through my email
Waiting for your immediate response.
Thanks for your understanding
Miss Jennifer William

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