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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: maryam mobutu <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 23:15:12 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: help me and brother

1000 HENRY AV. 1 LOT 88


Compliment of the season


Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into relationship with you. I know this email may come to you as a surprise, since we have not known or writen before. Our mother died long ago when she was about to deliver my most junior brother maxwell Mobutu, he is 21 years old as of today, based that we lost our mother so early our father took us so special, we are only from my mother's side, I and the one boy.

Introducing myself, I am MISS Mariam Mobutu 23 years of age the only daughter of the late Chief and Mrs MOBUTU, 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 the 29th April 2001 in a private hospital here in Abidjan. He secretly called me on his bed and told me that he has a sum of USD$10.5M (teen million five U.S) deposited in a security company here in Abidjan Cote D' Ivoire, that he used my name as his beloved duaghter for the next of kin in depositing the fund.

He also explained to me that it was because of thi 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 as expansion of his existing cocoa business and real estate management overseas. Meanwhile, my late father told me that the security company does not know the real content in th box, they believed it was an Art craft of family treasures and important documents of his estate as it was formerly deposited by

my late father.As of now, the consignment has left Abidjan due to the problem of unstable government and also the un agreement long ahead between the newly head of state his excellency president LAURANT GBAGBO and his oposition ALHAJI DARAMAN WATARA over the resent rebels attack in the country. So for that reason,I ordered the security company here to transfer it to there representative stourage house in EUROPE.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you $1.5000.00 of the total sum as compersation for your effort and input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas, I will be waiting to hearing from you as soon as this email gets to you in good health. As a matter of fact, the box has already been trnasfered to EUROPE since on the 25th of June 2003. I am ready to send to you every relevand documents including the transfer certificates of the box to EUROPE if i hears your call as soon as possible.

Finally, I will send to you my picture for you to know actually whom you are dealing and also in responding back to me, you have to send to me aswell your own picture including your private fax and telephone number and your personal home address for security reason of whom I am dealing. I have already choosen your private contact and God has told me to go ahead that you will not be a cheater or a betrayal of trust after the successful conclution of this transaction.

Yours sincerely

for the family.

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