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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: "From Praticia& Mother" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 10:52:28 +0100
Subject: cry for help

I know that this proposal might be a surprise to you but it as an emergency
to my condition with my mother here in dakar senegal, Be bless as you help
me and my mother to transfer and invest our money in your country. I am
Miss PRATICIA CAMARA from the republic of Sudan in Central Africa Dafur, now seeking
for refuge in Dakar Senegal under the(UNHCR)united nation high commission
for refuge with my mother.I got your contact during a desperate search here
in Dakar for a possible transac tion. My (late) father HON DR. YUSUF CAMARA,
who was the former ministre of finance and economy in Sudan before he was
assinated by the rebbles in the captal city of Khartoon 2003. And all our
properties was totally destroyed. However, we managed to escape with some of
my father's documents covering $10.5 Million dollars(Ten Million Five
Hundered Thousand us dollars Only) which is presently deposited safely in a
Bank here in Dakar on my name as the
only daughter of the family and the next of kin, the Bank have approved to
transfer the fund deposited on my name but we are looking for a trust and
reaible foreign partner who will assist us to transfer and inves the fund in
his country.i was advice to live with my mother to dakar senegal because i
was the next target as the only daughter of my family. All the vital documents
will be fax to you as our foreign partner who will recive the fund for the
investment. Meanwhile,we are saddled with the problem of securing a trust
worthy foriegn personality to help us transfer the money and invest it in
his country and into his possession pending our arrival to meet with him.
Furthermore, we only want this done this way because your country is
politically stable for any profitable investment and only if you accept our
proposal, you will serve as the beneficiary of the fund on commencement of
this proposed transactions, you will send me and my mother a letter of
inviation !
to enable us to get a visa and fly down to your country once the fund
is been transfer to your country.i hope you will not betray me and my mother
because this money is all our hope since my late father died. I am giving
you the offers as mentioned with every confidence on your acceptance to
assist us, we have decided to invest 40% of the total fund based on equity
participation in your company. Secondly, we shall also take 5% out for any
miscelleneous expens es that may occure during the transfer. Conclusively, i
wish you send me a reply immediately as soon as you recieve this proposal so
that we shall arrange on how this fund will be transfer to your country. On
commencement,this transaction will take nothing less than 8 working days to
be accomplished as the bank managment told me and my mother. All documents
covering the fund are safe and intact with us here in dakar senegal. i will
fax you all the vital documents to enable you to contact the finance firm
for the mother is sending her greetings to you
and your family. kindly keep this transfer secert and confidentail. contact
me on this email as soon as you recive this massage. for more detals. contact me on Phone 00221 688 74 15 urgent as soon you recive
the massage for more details and keep it secert and confidetail between you
as us. my mother is sending her greetings
to you and your family. Thanks yours daughter,Praticia& Mother

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