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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 joy mabel <>
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 14:01:45 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Good Day My Dearest in Christ,

Good Day My Dearest in Christ,

It is our profound pleasure to contact you, with every Christian courtesy as the Spirit of God directs all true believers of Our Lord Jesus Christ regardless of the fact that we do not know each other in person. Yet as one in the body of Christ and ambassadors of the faith, We are encouraged and emboldened to share this information with you - knowing and believing God you will give it every brotherly consideration. We need you to read this mail attentively to know the reason and purpose why you received this message from us. We didn't come to you by chance or by accident, We have come to you because we have prayed and fasted and the lord has planted you in our hearts and minds at this very moment, but before we go further we would like to introduce ourselfs to you.

We are FRANK and JOY Mabel from SIERRA LEONE. And we are writing to you from Rep of Cote d'Ivoire where we have being taken refuge after the brutal war and murder of our parents by the rebels during the renewed fighting in our country. Because of the war our late Father sold his shipping company and took us to a nearby country Cote d'Ivoire to make a deposit in one of the Security Company here, Two days before his death, he managed to sneak a written message to us, explaining his condition and concerning one trunk box of valuables containing money, which he deposited with a private Security & Finance Company in Abidjan Cote d'Iviore. We have since applied for political asylum. The cash involved inside the box is sum of US $ 4.2 million.

I want you to assist us to claim the box from the Security Company as the new beneficiary so that the change ownership of the documents covering this consignment/box will be legally effected to your name as to enable you claim the consignment box and have this money deposited in a local account here in Abidjan in your name for the easier transfer of this money in to your oversaes bank account Or Instruct the Security Company to cargo the consignment box to you In your country through there diplomatic channels.

Due to the current political situation in Cote d'Ivoire we are seeking for your assistance to help us claim the consignment box that contains this money and also to be relocated to your country to further our education. For this noble assistance, we are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum for your help. And being a God fearing person we believe that you will not sit/cheat us of our money when it is get to your care?. Do not betray our confidence. May the Grace be unto you and Peace from God Our Father and Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen! Kindly contact us for more discussion and details.

Best regards,



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