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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: "MADAM AWA EYADEMA" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 12:27:18 +0000

From Madam Awa Eyadema.
14 bp1465 abidjan 14.
Cote D'Ivoire.
Phone Number :+225 0724 1086

Attn: Dearest Beloveth One,

With due respect, trust and humanity, Am writing to you this proposal which I believe would be of great interest to you. I am Madam Awa Eyadema, the third wife of late formal president of Togo Gnassingbe Eyadema of blessed memory. Before my husband died he was the president of Togolais republique But was taken away from the light by untimely illness.
Before proceeding further i will like you to understand that i come across your personal profile through ( during my intensive search for someone who has the fear of God to guide us in this matter without any ends of uterior intention.
Due the circumstances surrounding my marriage with Gnassingbe Eyadema, been not the first wife it was unbearable but with the Holy law of Coran i had keept my vow to him though i knew there are others that were out side the matrimonial circle. The eldest son Faure Eyadema who is the current president of Togo, has a hatred deep rooted in his blood against me and my children because they are the favorites of their father while alive. I Madam Awa and my kids, Ibrahim and fatima are currently residing in Abidjan Cote d'Iviore for our safty after series of attempt to our dear lives from the secret security loyal to Faure Eyadema the current Togolais president.
Before you go further, i would like to warn you that this information is srickly personal and for the safty of those involved, please instantly delect it if you are not in any position to assist us carry out the the objectives behind this proposal, up to date we still suspect the elder son who is a power monger to the death of the father, there is absolute foul play even though Gnassingbe was a old man but not at the verge of death yet, therefore we urge you to be careful so that this information do not get into wrong hands.
Earlir before his death he instructed me to take our two children(Ibrahim and Fatima) and move out of Lome the Togolais capital immediately to Abidjan Cote d'Iviore before the Peace Keeping Forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOMOG) monitoring team intervened to arrest the situation of mass disorder in the whole nation. Currently the so called Faure who grabed over the seat of power after the death of my husband does not want to see or even hear about my children especially my only son Ibrahim Eyadema because those still loyal to his father had it written in their memories that he will succeed him as the next president though he is still very tender to intangle into political affairs.
The only substential gift that my late husband left for me and my children was a personal deposite made by his personal chief security(Mr. Yao Blakaru) at a private Security Company here in Abidjan Cote d'Iviore as Family Valuables, few days before he died he reviewed to me the content of that deposit and urged me to leave immediately with my children and seek for foreign expertise to help and control the money inside the family valuables which stand at Elven million Seven hundred thousand US dollars. ($11.7million dollars) cash.

I want you to assist us to claim the box out from the Security Company as the new beneficiary so that the change of ownership covering the documents of this consignment/box will be legally effected to your name as to enable you have this money invested in any business of your own choice after it had been claimed from the private security company here in abidjan.
I had maped out the following percentage to enable you carry out this proposal and foot the neccessary bill that might be required on the course of procuring the consignment box from the private security company. The sum of 25% is allocated to you if you accept to carry out this proposal and 5% is alocated for footing all the bills that are required for claiming the consignment box from the Security company whilr 70% is for us to manage, but bear it in mind that i and my children will allow you to help us invest the 70% of the rest of the money in any profitable business of your choice.For the interest of this business, do not hesitate to contact us with the above email addresss immediately you receive this message for more information to enable us proceed in earnest towards concluding all our arrangements. No other person knows about this money apart from my children and I. We await your most urgent response.
Please contact me through my private email address ( Please immediately you receive my proposal you have to email us and also call us through Our private phone number:+225 0724 1086 for more information in this Project.
Thanks for your co-operation and may Allah bless your honest help to us.
Best regards,
Madam Awa Eyadema.
Phone Number :+225 0724 1086

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