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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: fatu Emile <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 12:33:54 -0400 (EDT)

Good Day,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I Miss FATU EMILE, the Daughter of late Mr. and Mrs. VINCENT EMILE. My father was a very wealthy Timber/mineral resources Merchant in
Freetown the Economic Capital of the Sierra Leon (West Africa). My father was poisoned to Death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip.

My mother died as a result of brain cancer when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on May 2004 in a private hospital . He secretly called me to his bedside and
told me that he has the sum of (18.5 million American dollars) which he deposited in private security comapany, that he used my name as the only daughter for the next of kin for the deposit of the consignment. 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 like to Invest money and use it for investment in a viable venture.
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1). To assist me claim out this fund from the security company.

(2). To serve as a guardian of this fund and look for a Viable Area we can invest this fund.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation/commision.Further more, you ishould please ndicate your option towards assisting me
by furnishing me with your telephone numbers so that I can call for forward details.

I am waiting for your urgent reply.

Thanks and God bless you.


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