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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: "Rita A. Guaye" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 22:53:34 +0000

Good day beloved,

I know that this proposal might be a surprise to you but do consider it as
an emergency. In a nut shell, My name is Miss Ama Rita Guaye 18 years old
from the republic of Sierria-Leone in west Africa, now seeking for refugee
in Dakar -Senegal under the(UNHCR).

The only child of late Dr.Solomon Guaye. I am looking for someone who can
adopt me as your child I promise to be obidient to you and I will bring
happiness to your life I need someone I can call my Mum.

I got your contact from the Internet Search Engine.I want you to assist me
in this transaction. My late father was the managing director of Rainbow
Gold and Diamond Mine company in (KENEMA)Sierra-Leone.But he was killed
along side with my mother during the longing civil war and all his
properties were totally destroyed. However, after their death I managed to
escape with very important files of my father.He has the sum of
(US$5.2M)Five million two hundred thousand U.S Dollars only. This amount was
deposited by my late father in one of the leading Banks in Europe. The
deposit documents indicate me as the next of kin. Presently, I am saddled
with the problem of securing a trust worthy foriegn personality to help me.

(1)Stand on my behalf as the beneficiary for the claim of the inheritance
from the bank since the management of the bank adviced that I should solicit
for an individual or corporate organization to claim the deposit for me as
they cannot release it directly to me due to my refugee status in Senegal.

(2)Transfer the money over to your own country and into your possession
pending my arrival to meet with you.

(3)Invest and manage the money for me in a good business pending my

(4) Help me secure my travelling documents to meet you as soon as my money
is released to you. Furthermore,you can contact the Bank for confirmation
and I will issue a letter of authorisation on your name,that will enable the
bank correspond with you on my behalf.I am giving you this offers as
mentioned with every confidence on your acceptance to assist me or adopt me
as your Child if possible and manage the money for me as a child of God.

Conclusively,I wish you send me a reply immediately you recieve this
proposal. Via my second email: ( Until then,I remain
with the best

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