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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: "luisa williams" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 23:50:24 +0000

My Good Friend,
By brief introduction , we are Philip and Isa Ajayi, students in Cote
d'ivoire and the children of late Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Ajayi. Our late
parents was killed by the rebels in our residence town of Bouake the second
Economic Capital of Cote d'ivoire during the recent political Crisis /war of
19th september 2002. Our father was a wealthy Cocoa Merchant and president
of BCC(bourse de cafe and cacao bouake chapter) before he was killed
together with our mother by the rebels.
Our parents death was due to the BCC.CI's financial support to the
government to fight rebels who attacked our country on this fate of 19 sept what the govt. called here (éffort de paix). Our parents was
kidnapped and took away but we only met our father in a terrible condition
with the red cross officials to whom he was handed half alive. Talking of
our mother, our dad confirmed that she could not bear her bullets for only
15 minutes and she gave up. Our father, was hospitalized for some days
before his death in a private hospital in yammoussokro , But before his
death,he secretly disclosed to me as his son, his transfer budget of US$8.5
million dollars which he deposited in one of the well known holding company
in Europe on behalf of his foreign business partner for foreign investments
and directed me where this fund was deposited and concerning the conditions
of the deposit he made the beneficiary anonymous.
Our father also disclose to me before he gave the ghost that he wanted to
invest his fortune abroad. This is why we are honourably seeking your
assistance to help us and stand as the beneficiary and foreign partner of
our late father and help us in the claim of this fund and invest the money
for us. We will also like you to make arrangement for us to further our
Education in your country. We agreed to offer you 30% of the total money as
your compensation after the claim is made. Please get back to us through
email address. We are in distress here in a transit camp and we need your
urgent help as at now, we have no other hope of surviving except when this
money is claimed from the holding company in Europe. PLEASE SEND US EMAIL
URGENTLY. Reply to email address Please keep
this very confidential and private. Please send us a reply to email.
Expecting to hear from you.
Best Regard
Philip and Isa Ajayi

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