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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: "AHMED SESE SEIKO" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 16:04:04 +0400


Dear Friend,

I am Ahmed from Zaire, presently known as Democratic Republic of Congo. I am
the son of late Maramotto Sese Seiko, the former Central Bank Governor, during
the regime of his immediate senior brother, late president Mobutu Sese Seiko of Zaire, Republic of Congo. I got your contact from Chambers of Commerce and Industry here
in Dubai.

As a result of my discrete search for a reliable foreign partner, I am delighted
to confront you based on a profile conviction about your experience in
investment programmed. I now decided to write you as well as to let you know that I need your assistance in helping me to invest my money.

In fact, I left my country with a reasonable amount of money, which belongs to
my late father during the time of war in my country when the present government,
controlled by President Laurent Kabila, who sent my uncle away from the
presidential seat, and my father was shot by the rebels, I managed to leave the
country with the sum of(US.$14,000,000.00) Fourteen Million Dollars, which is
with me here in Dubai, in cash as well. Hoping you will respond to my call to assist me in investing this money, because I am totally ignorant of investment and I was in
school when the war broke out in my country.

For your assistance and co-operation, I have decided to bequeath to you, 15% of
the total sum involved and 5% mapped out for any miscellaneous expenses that we
may incur during the process of transferring this money to your country.
Moreover, it is risk free in the sense that I have taken proper care of all the
formalities regarding to this transaction. I am presently 26 years of age and
should not be expected to withdraw this fund from the security firm where it was
deposited for safekeeping till I am convinced that you can accommodate the

The bottom line is that we need to meet here in Dubai to arrange on
the relocation of the funds to your country. Items on the things I want are:
1. Helping me to bank the money in a safe account.
2. Help me to get residential papers and giving me directions as to what to
invest on.

Please reply me on this email address ( as soon as you receive my message to enable me finalize with the security
company, where I deposited it for safekeeping.

Best regards,


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