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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: "Mrs MAGRET BENEATH" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 1998 03:55:28 +0100

Good Day,
Dear Sir
With due respect and humility. I write you this letter which I believe, would be of a great interest to you. Your contact came to me through your Country trade Journal in world trade center (W.T.C) Dakar Senigal. I was convinced as to solicit for your support and assistance after reading your profile.

I am Mrs Magret Beneath from Burundi, the wife of late Colonel Johnson Beneath of blessed memory. My late husband was the second in command and younger brother of Colonel Leonard Beneath who is the leader of the Conseil national pour la d馥nse de la democratie (CNDD) from the southern part of my country Burundi.

My late husband was in charge of purchasing arms and ammunitions for the rebel group because of his vast connections abroad In course of the war, my late husband was sent to Libya and Moscow to purchase arms and ammunitions valued at the sum of One Hundred and fifty -Five million United States Dollars. Of this transaction my husband told me he was able to divert the sum of fifteen million United States Dollars (USD$ 15:000,000.00) to a private security and finance trust organizations in Dakar Senegal.

Through diplomatic means the consignment was deposited as a family treasure so as not to let the security trust know the real contents of the consignment, but the real contents is cash. My late husband told me that he took the action because he strongly believed that they could never win the war.

Right now as I am writing to you the United Nation has placed total sanction on the rebel movement and though peace talks have started I dont still see peace in the nearest future. When Colonel Leonard Momodu my brother in-law got to know of the demise of my husband he had me sent away to Senigal where I am residing now and my only son Marshall on refugee status.

I am a widow now in a helpless situation without a partner to guide me. Thats why I am soliciting for your assistance in putting these funds in my possession to good profit yielding investment. All I want you to do is to assist me to bring out this fund from the trust organization. Since because of my refugee status, I must use an established person to transact any business. My family and I have agreed to make available a reasonable percentage for your assistance and all the expenses that would be incurred by you at the end of this transaction.

I want you to know that all the information and document pertaining to the deposit of the funds by my husband are all with meand I am willing to make them available at any time to facilitate your assistance.

If this proposal appeals to you, kindly contact me or my son through this private email written above for more information.please your fax and phone number is needed. And also you can reach me urgently through my alternate email address for security reason.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.
Best regards,
Mrs Magret Beneath & Son..

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