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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: "Young Odede" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 02:35:45 +0000

Saint Paul Plateau 06bp 449
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.


I have a business proposal, which I know might interest you. My name is
Dr.Young Odede a medical doctor and the sole proprietor of the above
specialist hospital. I have a widow here in my clinic who is on a political
asylum in Abidjan-Cote d'Ivoire Refugee Camp, she has been so ill for some
couple of months now.

This woman confided in me based on the free medical attention I have been
giving to her and her children.She had revealed to me of her life history
and about her late husband who was a top military officer in one of the
West African country (Sierra-Leone) before his death during the civil war
and the fortune she inherited from her late husband. She has asked me to
source a credible and trustworthy partner abroad who will manage her funds
for investment,the sum of Seven Million Five hundred thousand US Dollars
(US$7.5m) which her late husband deposited in a safe Security Organisation
Agent in Cote d'Ivoire but because of the long time delay and over stay of
the deposited consignment in the security company, the security agency had
to move the consignment to Europe for safety until the relation of the
foreign partner to Late Major Gen John Addo Muluzu comes for the release in
Europe. Please help this sick woman out to clear out the box from Europe.

I wish to choose you for this venture and I believe you will be in the
position to assist in managing this large sum in a profitable venture and
also to help create a safe heaven for her and her children by making a
residence arrangement for them in your country. After she had disclosed this
information to me, I saw the reason to request from her to allow me see the
documents relating to this deposit of which she did,now I have the
documents covering the deposit which I will not hesitate to fax to you the
copies as a prove for your confirmation as soon as I receive your response
via email. I am obliged to assist this lady knowing too well that she has a
limited knowledge in the business world and as such she cannot manage this
funds herself and in Africa in order to avoid any trace of her by the
government, I will need from you a mutual understanding and then we shall
make plans on how the funds would be secured into an account in your name;
after which you will arrange and travel immediately to meet with the
security company Agent for clearing.

This amount is contained in a sealed trunk box and it is registered and
declared as containing family treasures, so even as I am writing you now the
security company and it's Agent is not aware that there is cash money in
the trunk. Let me assure you that this transaction is 100% hitch - free and
risk-free. From my discussion with her, she has agreed to give you a
reasonable amount of percentage for your involvement in this and this has
to be discussed upon the receipt of your quick response.

Thanks and God bless for your understanding,

Sincere regards,
Dr.Young Odede.

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