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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?princeremond=20bernald?= <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 03:24:57 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: we are looking for your assistance

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:


Good day and Compliments, I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and reward you abundantly and you would never regret this. I am TONY SIMTH the only son of late former Director of finance, Chief Vincent R.L SIMTH Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation. I must confess my agitation is real, and my words is My bond, in this proposal. My late father was the director of finance of Gold and diamond industry in my country, During the disastrous civil war in my country, now he has Deposited the money with a security company in ACCRA-GHANA, where I am Residing under political asylum with my younger sister MARY SIMTH Now the war in my country is over with the help of ECOMOG soldiers, the present government of Sierra Leone has revoked the passport of all officers who Served under the former regime and now ask countries To expel such person at the same time freeze their Account and con!
fiscate their asset, it is on this note that I am contacting you, all I needed from you is to Furnish me with your particulars:

1) House address

2) Telephone number

3)Fax number

4]your full name

For you to assist me transfer this money in your country, The said amount is(fifteen Million Dollars) $15 Million . I am compensating you with 10 % of the total money Amount, now all my hope is banked on you and I really Wants to invest this money in your country, were their Is stability of Government, political and Economic welfare. Honestly I want you to believe that this transaction Is real and never a joke. My late father Chief SIMTH Gave me the photocopies of the certificate of deposit Issued to him by the security company on the day of deposit,for You to be clarify because; I do not expose my self to Anybody I

see, I believe that you are able to keep This transaction secret for me because this money is The hope of our life, it is important. Please contact me immediately after you must have gone Through my message feel free and make it urgent. That Is the reason why I offered you 10% of the total? Money amount, and in case of any other necessary Expenses you might incur during this transaction. N.B Try and negotiate for us some profitable blue chip Investment opportunities which is risk free which I Can invest with this money when it is

transferred to Your conutry, personally I am interested in estate

Management and hotel business, please advise me. And promise me and my

younger sister to be a guardian Considering our situation and not to

Betray us.

Thanks and God bless

Best regards


- tony smith and mary

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