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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: sister fatiu <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 21:13:25 +0900 (JST)


Complement of the year

My dearest one, infact when i saw your profile and notice that you're a respectful and honest person that i can trust to invest this money in his country for business popurces, i decieded to contact you. I have a proposal for you-this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to
honour against your will.
I am Mariam Abubaka , 21years old and the only daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs. Abukakar Saka, My father was a highly reputable busnness marchant (a cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days.It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during
one of his business trips abroad year 12th.Febuary 2006.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.
But Allah knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 4 years old,and since then my father took me so special. Before his death on Febuary 12TH 2006 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of Six million,United State Dollars.(USD$6000 000)
left in one of the private security and trust company He further told me that he deposited the money in my name,and finally issued a written instruction to me whom he said is in possession of all the necessary but legal documents to this consignment and the company.

I am just 21 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do.Now I want an a partner overseas where I can transfer this funds. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.The death of my father actually
brought sorrow to my life. Sir,I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can you honestly help me as your daughter?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will
be good for you after the money is in your account?
Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as

Thank you so much.
My sincere regards,
Mariam Abubakar

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