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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: Micheal Fadiga <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 14:09:01 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Message from Micheal and Rose

Dear one,

Good day and God Bless you.
Permit me to inform you of my desire for you to help me.
Obviously, you might be surprised on recieving this mail due to we have not known before. By brief introduction , I am Micheal Fadiga, a citizen of Sierra Leone and the only son of late Mr and Mrs Vincent Fadiga. My Late parents was killed by the rebels in my home town Mende district, the second Economic Capital of Sierra Leone during the recent Political crisis of Sept, 2002.After their death, i and my younger sister (ROSE)managed to run out of our country to Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire,where we are staying now for our safety.My father was a Wealthy Cocoa and gold Merchant before he met his sudden death.Before their death in a private hospital , my father secretly disclosed to me of the total Sum of $28,600,000.00 (Twenty-Eight Million Six Hundred United State Dollars) he deposited in one of the banks in Abidjan on behalf of his foreign business partner as the beneficiary for onward transfer to his or her Overseas account.
Dear one, please I am honourably seeking your assistance to stand as a foreignn partner of my late father and beneficiary of the money as well as guardian,and to provide a bank account for the transfer .I will also like you to make arrangement for me and my younger sister to further our Education in your country and to invest the money in your country also. We will offer you 15% of the total Sum as compensation after the transfer. Please, get back to me through the above email address to enable me inform you the requirement before the transfer of the money into your account.

Thanks for your kindness and God bless you.
Expecting to hear from you.

Best regards,
Micheal Fadiga and Rose.

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