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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: soniaadams <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 16:40:57 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Ms. Sonia Adams

>From Ms. Sonia Adams
18 Bp 1076 Abidjan 18 Bp
Cote d 'Ivoire

Request to assist me transfer an inheritted money and assist me come over to your country to continue my education:
After going through your profile,I sellect you.I know how surprise this letter will be to you, But I would advice that you consider it as a request from an orphan for assistance. I am Ms Sonia Adams the only child of Late Mr. & Mrs. Walter Adams. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant Abidjan
the economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire He was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings business trip. While my father was rushed to the hospital unconsious due to the torture and bullet wounds he quickly sent for me as the only born dauther before his untimely death.He
told me all about this (US$2.2 million ) Two Million Two Hundred Thousand Unite States dollars ,he deposited here in a bank for future investiment on my name as next of kin.But as you may be already aware by now, my country (Cote d'Ivoire) is presently at war caused by political crises. Rebels
have already taken over the whole Northern part of the country and making efforts towards the capture of the commercial center of the country Abidjan, where i am now. For this urgly development in this country,I have now decided to take quick actions and have this money transferred out of this
country before it is too late.
I am honorably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1) To assist me to transfer the money into your bank account.
(2) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and then settle there parmanently.I will offer you 15% of the total money after transfer. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein and Keep this contact confidential till when this money
get to your Custody,this is to ensure that nothing jeopardizes my last wish on Earth.No matter what your decision may turn to be I humbly begging you to reply to me via my most confidential email address.

Thanks and God bless you
Best regards
Ms Sonia Adams

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