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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: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 05:32:30 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Mrs. Alice guei

My Dear
I am contacting you today for a business which would be of immense benefit to you . I am Mrs. Alice Guei, Wife of the late president of Ivory Cost,General Robort Guei who died on the 8th of July 2001 while in power, dear i am looking for a foriegner who would actas my fund & investment manager oversea.

I have in my position $38million US dollars which i want to invest outside my country for a good and benefical business for the survival of my children, Dear this fund is the only hope i have and it is deposited with a diplomatic safe company as family treasure DIAMOND & GOLD by my late husband with my family name which i cannot go for it because since my husband died all assets worth several million of dollars belonging to my family have been confiscated by the present Ivory Cost government so this is top secretand you should not reveal it to anyone, i need a good and trustworthy individual outside my country who have no previews relationship with my family who will assist me move the fund out from my country with his/her name for the investment.

Iam proposing a commission of 20% (twenty percent) of the investment to you as soon

the fund is moved out with your name and invested . if you will assist me do get back to me for details on how we can move the fund out with your name without any problem.

God be with you
Mrs.Alice Guei

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