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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.Grace Minor" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 19:40:57 +0100
Subject: Compliment of the day..

Rt. Ave. Bourguibar, )
Sicap Liberte 1, 2626 Dakar Senegal.
Tel:++221 682 0258

Compliment of the day,

I know this mail will come to you as a surprise,nevertheless I am Mrs. Grace Minor, aged 59 years,the wife of Gen. John Minor, Chief Security officer to the exiled president Charles Tailor of Liberia . As a result of the on-going problem in my country, I am saddled with problems of my ill-health of protracted diabetes and high blood pressure which is getting of increase in the recent times, more importantly getting a trust worthy individual abroad to receive the sum of US$9million and 127,517 Carats worth of Diamond on our behalf.
Due to this war crises presently in my city Monrovia our home town, I managed to sneak myself and my son David 23 years of age and four other of my daughters out of Monrovia to Dakar senegal for safety. We were sneaked into Dakar Senegal through the land boarder by the help of some government militant group. After the killing of my husband by the rebels, we decided to come down here to Dakar senegal to secure the this deposit deposited here by my husband and to further look for a trust worthy individual abroad to receive these deposit which has being deposited here in DakarSenegal before he was eventually killed by the heartless rebels.
I feel confident therefore to introduce myself to you based on this problem and our present condition as all our foreign contacts and connections got lost during this crises, all properties burnt by the rebels. I am desperately in need to move and re-locate this huge
deposit to your country for investment in your company or in another lucrative business venture based on your advice and on your management and supervision as this is the only wealth remaining for the future survival and well being of my large family.
For your percentage for assistance, a negotiable percentage will be discussed as soon as I receive your response based on this plea for your assistance. I pray and plead for your help. You can email me back for further clarifications God bless you as you respond to my plea for assistance.
My telephone 00221 682 0258 will be open for your call any time but if I am available the time of your call, my son David will respond to you accordingly.
My alternative email:
Sincerely yours.
Mrs.Grace Minor

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