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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: Martha Koroma <>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 15:37:37 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY


Thank you for taking the time to read this mail. My name is

Mrs. MARTHA KOROMA; from Diamond rich country district of Bombali in

Northern Province of Sierra Leone. I am the widow of the

Late Mr. PAUL KOROMA, the managing director of Sierra Leone diamond

mining co-operation. I am currently living in a refugee center in London, UK.

My family and I have been unfortunate to find ourselves caught-up in a very difficult situation in London. I know you will be surprised to

receive this message, but it is of utmost importance to me and my

family. I got your contact through my research on the internet for a

trust worthy-person. Anyway,I am about to entrust my destiny and the destiny of my whole dependants on your shoulder if you can help us, it will also be of immense benefit to you too.

This transaction demands utmost trust, honesty, integrity and most

importantly,secrecy. It is only through the above that my family and I will be assured of our security.

This regrettable situation led to the killing of my husband and only

daughter and the displacement of my family.During the brutal civil war in my country Sierra Leone, my late husband of blessed memory was brutally murdered by the rebels led by Mr. Foday Sankoh,he was murdered with my only daughter (Nina). But my two sons (Greg & Daniel)

and I managed to escape to UK, through the help of the International

Rescue Committee (IRC).

But before my late husband's death, he drew my attention to a box

containing about twelve million US dollars ($12 Million) which he

smuggled out at the start of the war to a security company in Spain,

Europe. (The security company does not know the real contents of the

box. He registered it in the name of my son Greg Koroma as family art

and monuments) He also gave me the certificate of deposit and receipt

issued to him by the security company, which I still have in my possession.

The problem I have is that as a refugee, the immigration law does not

allow us to open or hold operate bank account in London and I do not

want to seek the assistance of just anybody for fear of being duped or defraud of our only livelihood, I have sold almost all my jewelries to keep body and soul together, hence the British Government is not really taking care of us.

What is required of you is to give us your full name and contact address so that I can secure a Power of Attorney in your favor that would enable you contact the security company as the beneficiary of the box. You can then transfer the funds to your bank account after the box must have been released to you. In order to make it worth your while, we will give you a part of the money. We have also mapped out 5% of the principal sum for any expenses that you may incurre during the transaction process including traveling expenses, we intend to invest the remaining part of the money on your advice in any viable business ventures in your country, you may even act as our financial adviser if you are so disposed.

If you want to help, you can contact my son Greg Koroma who recently got a job in one of the local firms in London on this email address

( am looking forward to your immediate response, as I believe that destiny has brought us together.

Yours Faithfully,

Mrs. Martha Koroma

Please visit the following web pages for further information on the Sierra Leone war.""

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