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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: "Mr.Ibou Idrissa" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 23:19:58 +0000
Subject: GET BACK To Me

Dear friend,

First, I must solicit your confidence in this letter. I am Mr.Ibou Idrissa, the director of Assets and Treasures in a deposit company where I work. I am writing you this letter to seek your partnership co-operation in receiving a total amount of $4.1M (Four Million,one Hundred Thousand United States dollars) which was deposited with our company here in Senegal. This total amount was deposited as a family treasure with my company by late Mr.Samuel Dokie, a Liberian citizen and personal aid to President Charles Taylor.

Mr.Samuel Dokie,his wife and two Children were killed by rebels loyal to the President near Kuru village during the past crisis in Liberia. Since the untimely death of Mr.Samuel Dokie and his family, the management of my company has mandated my office to make several enquiries to locate any of his extended relatives, but no fruitful result was achieved as all my efforts also proved unsuccessful to locate any member of his family. Before my observation in this development, I discovered that late Mr.Samuel Dokie did not make an HEIR/WILL.

The management has been deliberating on how to revert this fund to the company's account since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3 years now. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and my junior colleague in my department decide to seek your consent to present you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased so that we will quickly move this money out of Senegal to be delivered in your care as the next of kin or relation entitled to inherit this fund.

All arrangement to move this deposited fund has been put in place and all I require is your honest and sincere partnership co-operation to enable us see this money secured into a reliable custody. As an insider in the company, I have all the necessary legal documents that will back up the claim of this deposit and I guarantee you that this fund movement will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect both of us from any breach of the law. On smooth completion and receipt of this total deposited fund, you will be entitled to your own share of the total sum as gratification. We agreed that 35% of this money will be for you as our receiving partner, while 65% would be for me and my junior colleague.

Thereafter I will visit your country for disbursement and further investment plans.You have been advised to keep this information a top secret as we are still working in the company and intend to resign from service after this money is received in your secured bank account. I shall furnish you with further details and necessary procedures with which to make a quick shipment progress. I suggest you get back to me immediately through my confidential
email address ( stating your wish in this urgent matter.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and best regards.

Yours sincerely,
Mr.Ibou Idrissa

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