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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:

Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 07:45:53 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Miss=20Susan=20Gay/Assist?=


Let not my mail come to you as a surprise, I am contacting you base on the
trust and confidence I reposed on you that you can be capable of executing
this Events for me on a mutual benefit and I know you will not betray me
by the grace of God/ Allah. I am Miss Susan Gay the daughter of Gen. Robert
Gay, who was the former military president of my country Cote D'Ivoire.My
late father was murdered on the 18-09-2002 while attempting to gain power
through a failed coup d'etat.

I confide in you to disclose my late fathers' wealth acquired while in office
as the formal president of my country Cote D'lvoire Abidjan.

The sum of $17.5M.USD (Seven Million five hundred thousand dollars only)deposited
into a security Company here in Cotonou Benin Republic Of West Africa for
safe-keepig by my late father, without making the real contents of the consignment
known to the security company authorities.

And the certificate of deposit of this fund was given to me as a personal
effects deposited in the security company here.

I am soliciting for your assistance in securing,investment/management of
this fund because I am a young Girl with no experience in investment and
management Proceedures :

1. I have already made a contact with Security Company here that can conveniently
convey the consignment to your destination if you devote to assist me claim
the consignment from the security company to your designated address via
your special arrangement.
2. You are required to furnish me with the following :

i. Your full name

ii. Home, address, tel & fax n°With the above informations, I shall commence
the procedures for the transfer of the fund to you, by sending you the proof
documents concerning this fund/boxes for your view. Before we can commence
on this transaction,an there must be a draft agreement which will bind both
of us together for the safty of my fund/boxes.

I therefore advise you to treat this with utmost secrecy and urgency by
reaching me through my email address hence l am in refugee camp in cotonou
Republic of benin under the protection of the Government of Benin .

I await hearing from you urgently

Your's Sincerely,

Miss Susan Gay.

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