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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: stefin matins <>
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2006 02:43:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: iam ned ur hellp

Dearest one,
I pray that this message meet you in good state of health, and i thank you for your response to my mail my God bless you and all your belongings.

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I know this mail may come to you as a surprise, since i have not known or written before.

my Mother died long ago when she was about to delivered my junior Sister, she lost her life and the baby, based that i lost my mother so early my father took me so special, i am the only dauther of my mother and my father .

Introducing myself ,I am Stefin Matins 23years of age the daughther of the late Chief Mr and Mrs Matins John, My father was a gold and cocoa merchant based in Accra, Ghana and Abidjan ( Ivory Coast ),he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their business trips.

Before the death of my father on 27th February 2005 in a private hospital here in Abidjan. He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of USD$8.5M ( eigth Million .five hundred thousand U.S)deposited in Bank in ( Abidjan Cote DÂ’ Ivoire , that he used my name as his beloved Daugther for the next of kin in depositing the fund.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as expansion of his existing cocoa business and real estate management overseas.

I am humbly seeeking your assistance in the following ways.
1- To assist me in providing an account of yours where this fund can quietly be transferred into ...
2-To serve as the guardian of this fund since I am still in the secoundary school .
3)- To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to futher my education and to help me secure a residential permit in your country.

Moreover, 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, while 5% will be set aside to offset any expenses we may incure.

Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within the shortest possible time if you signify interest to assist me.
NB: Please contact me immediately you receive this message through the above e-mail address if you are interested.
God bless
Yours sincerely.
Stefin Matins

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