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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 10:06:12 +0000



Dear Sir,

I am JOHN MARKSON the only son of late former
Director of finance,Chief Vincent markson Sierra-Leone
diamond and mining corporation.

I must confess my agitation is real, and my words is
my bond, in this proposal. My late father diverted
this money meant for purchase of ammunition, for my
country, during the peak of disastrous civil war in my
country, now he has deposited the money with BANK in
Abidjan, where I am residing under political asylum
with my younger sister.
Now the war in my country is over with the help of
ECOMOG soldiers, the present government of Sierra
Leone has revoked the passport of all officers who
served under the former regime and now ask countries
to expel such person at the same time freeze their
account and confiscate their asset, it is on this note
that I am contacting you, all I needed from you is to
furnish me with your bank particulars:

1) Account name
2) Account number
3) Bank address, telephone and fax number

For you to assist me transfer this money in your
private bank account, the said amount is (NINE Million
Dollars) $9 Million.

I am compensating you with 15 % of the total money
amount, now all my hope is banked on you and I really
wants to invest this money in your country, were their
is stability of Government, political and economic
Honestly I want you to believe that this transaction
is real and never a joke. My late father Chief Markson
gave me the photocopies of the certificate of deposit
issued to him by BANK on the date of deposit, for
you to be clarify because, I do not expose my self to
anybody I see, I believe that you are able to keep his
transaction secret for me because this money is the
hope of my life, it is important.

Please call me immediately after you must have gone
through my message fill free and make it urgent. That
is the reason why I offered you 15 % of the total
money amount, and in case of any other necessary
expenses you might incur during this transaction.

N.B Try and negotiate for me some profitable blue chip
investment opportunities which is risky free which I
can invest with this money when it is transferred to
your account, personally I am interested in estate
management and hotel business, please advise me.

Call me back immediately you receive this message for
more explanation.And promisse me my younger sister
to be a father considering our situation
and not to betray us.

Thanks and God bless
Best regards


NB: my late father used me the only son as the
beneficiary / next of kin on the day of deposit and
also told me I need a foreign assistance of a
foreigner with a legitimate bank Account abroad who
will stand as co-beneficiary and partner abroad

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