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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: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 20:00:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Mrs Florence Ettedami,

Dear sir,

With due respect and fear of God, i wish you Permit me to inform you of my desire of sending you this mail.Briefly,I am Mrs Florence Ettedami , the wife of late Mr Fofana Ettedami, am 25 years old,my late husband was the chairman of yourt orientation committees in the Gambia .
He was assassinated two months ago by assassin, after his death the government confiscated his properties without reasons, his relationship with the government of the Gambia started long ago from his school days with one of the president son,Sule Jammeh ,through whom he gets connected to the
father president Jammeh.
Nobody talk about his death neither did we have the courage to investigate the course, ,a week ago our doctor called me into his room in a closed door and hand over the document and a letter my late husband wrote down which has been in his position befor he was assassinated,he said the
government of Gambia was responsible for my late husband death, according to our doctor he said my late husband told him how he use to made deposit money outside the country for the government secretly,after when he discovered that the government was using him to send money out of the country
wrongly with out compensation he waited peace fully to handle the last one and then back out ,since he refused to continue with the government order and gave them reasons which they the govenrment did not accept concerning his last deposit without document his life was threatened, all of this
was kept outside our knowledge not until his death the doctor narrated it all to me and he said my late husband confided in him and pleaded with him to take care of his family in case any thing happens to his life,it was not long before he was assassinated,i have for him a baby girl,may his
soul rest in perfect peace.
The deposited money is $9.5 Million US Dollars, it was secretly deposited in my name as the next of kin, according to the will the money should be giving to me to further the education and the upkeep of the family outside Gambia.,The doctor warned me to go out of the Gambia that if eventually
the government gets to know some thing about it ,they will not only sized the money but killed me as well to make sure that this secretes remains secrete forever.
Please am just seeking your support on how to get this funds transfer out of Africa so that i can have full access to it for the benefit of my daughter education abroad and i plead with you to keep it secretes till when this money is out ,i would need an assistance's from you to resettle in
your country as soon as the money gets to you. Please i plead with you not to betrayed me non expose me as regards to what i have just open up to you as you are the first to hear this from me this was my doctor adviced a week ago befor i left Banjul for Abidjan cote d段voire.,I'm Anticipating to
hear from you as soon as possible,
Mrs Florence Ettedami

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