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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: "Mrs. Mariam" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 12:56:30 +0000
Subject: Soliciting for your help

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs. Sese-seko widow of the late President Mobutu Sese-seko of Zaire now known as Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC). I move to write this letter, this was in confidence considering my present circumstance and situation. I escaped along with my Husband and two of other of my son Emmanuel and Michael out of the Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC) to the Dakar, Senegal were my family and I settled, while we later moved from Morocco where my Husband later died of cancer disease.

However due to the Situation we decided to change most of my husband billions of dollars deposited in Swissbank and other countries into other forms of money coded for safe deposit because the new Head of state of (DR) Mr. Laurent Kabila has made arrangement to the Swiss Government and other European Countries to freeze all my late husband treasures deposited in some European Countries.

Hence my children and I decided laying low in Africa to study the situation till when things get better, like now that President Kabila is dead and the son taking over (Joseph Kabila). Once of my late husband’s Chateaux in Southern France was confiscated by the French government, and such I had to change my identity so that my investment will not be traced and confiscated. I have Deposited the Sum of Twenty Eight Million United States Dollars(US$28,000,00.) with a Security Company in Dakar Senegal, for safekeeping. The fund are coded to prevent them from knowing the content.

What I want you to do is to indicate your interest that you will assist us by receiving the money on our behalf. Acknowledge this message, so that I can introduce you to my son (Emmanuel) who has the modalities for the claim of the said fund. I want you to assist in investing this money, but I will not want my identity revealed. I will also like to buy properties and stock in multinational companies to engage in other safe and non-speculative investment. May I at this point emphasise the high level of confidentiality, which this business demands, and hope you will not betray the trust and confidence, which I response in you. In conclusion, if you want to assist us, my son shall put you in the picture of the business, tell you were the funds are currently being maintained and also discuss other modalities including remuneration for your service.

For this reason kindly furnish us your contact information, that is your personal telephone and fax number for confidential purpose and acknowledge receipt of this mail.

Do contact me through this email address.

Best regards

Mrs Mariam Seseseko

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