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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: "DESU MATTHANI" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 12:56:56 +0000

Dear sir,
I got your contact in cause of a seriouse search
for a reliable foreign partner, which really made me to
contact you for assistance in transfering my money to
you for investement purpose.I'm Desu Matthani the son
of a late sierraleonian Col,Matthani suko.
Who died 4 years ago when the revolutionary united
front rebels(R.U.F)attacked our residence on the 20
of feb 2001 in Makeni Sierraleon. Following the cease
fire agreement which was reach year before last year
with the help of United Nation peace keeping troops,
I used the opporturnity to leave the country with a
very important document of(US$8.5m)EIGHT million
deposited by my late father in security company,
under my name. this money was realised from
diamond export. Now'I'm searching for a trusted
individual or foreign firm whom I can invest this
money with for I am next of kin to these money.
However I contact you based on your capability
and vast knowledge on international commercial
investement. For your assistance and co-opertion
I will give you 10%of the total sum realised after the
sucessfull transffer of this money.Please kindly
communicate your acceptance of this proposal so
that we can discuss the modalities of seeing this
transaction through. I count on you greately for
your assistance. I will be waiting to hearing from
you soonest Thanks,
Desu Matthani. contact me alternatively with this mail

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