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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: Mon, 23 May 2005 06:56:17 +0000
Subject: urgent response

From: Mrs. Marie Kiala
Private Email:

Dear Sir,

I make this distress call with heart full of tears to seek your urgent
help.I am Mrs. Marie Kiala , the wife of late major general Antonio
Kiala,former minister of defence and chief of the army staff of the republic
of guinea Bissau in the defunct government of Joao Bernado Viera. My husband
died during the recent coup d'etat, which deposed the former head of state.

In the wake of the incidence, I fled together with my family to Cotonou
Benin Republic and took refuge to avoid further oppression from the
incumbent government who have seized all my family's properties and seized
all accounts belonging to the allies of the deposed president. Due to
this unfortunate situation, I am desperately searching for reliable and
honest partner to assist me in receiving as quickly as possible, the sum of
fifteen million united states dollars (US$15,000,000.00) which is the only
money that is still safe and intact deposited by my husband in a security

I am therefore passionately requesting your kind help to move this money out
for safety to your country under your care. I have solidified every
arrangement to prepare legal papers making you the trustee and beneficiary
of this fund for a hitch free withdrawal, if I will get your positive
response to this urgent plea.As we meet in due course, we shall be
discussing further on other important issues regarding mutual business
relationship and possibility of securing a resident-permit for me and my
children in your country.Personally,

I am equally willing to compensate your kind efforts and co-operation with
four million united state dollars (US$4,000,000.00) only. Please be informed
that I am contacting your based on trust. Please do not disappoint me, your
security is highly guaranteed; absolute confidentiality should also be
adhered to. Please! Please! I pray your urgent assistance.

Contact me immediately only through my private email:
also send to me your full name and address, private phone and fax number so
that we can proceed immediately with the change of documents.

Waiting to hear from you.

Best regards,

Mrs. Marie Kiala
Private Email:

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