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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "JUDE EDDYSON" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 15:55:53 +0100
Subject: Assalamu Allaikum,

Assalamu Allaikum,

May the peace of Almighty Allah be upon you, I called for business
relationship with you.I prayed over it and selected your name among other
names due to its esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me by

I am Jude Eddyson,the only son of late Mr. and Mrs. Eddyson Abdullah.
My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant and Gold dealer in Free
Town , the economic capital of Sierra Leon, my father was poisoned to
death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business
trip .

My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so
special. Before the death of my father on october 2005 in a private
hospital in Free Town in Sierra Leon. before his death he called me and told
me that he has the sum of Nine Million, United State Dollars. USD
($9,000.000.00) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank
in Dakar, the economic capital of Senegal,that he used my name as his
only son for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also
explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his
business ssociates.That incase he die I should move out of the country
down to Senegal where he made the deposit to seek for a foreign partner
a muslim like us in a country of my choice where i will transfer this
money and use it for investment purpose after my education such as real
estate management or hotel management.

I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
1) To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred
to .
2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22years.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further
my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, Dear, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as
compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this
fund into your nominated account overseas Furthermore, you indicate your
options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would
be concluded within Seven (7) days you signify interest to assist me

Anticipating to hear from you soon
Thanks and Allah's blessing
Jude Eddyson

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