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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: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 16:20:14 +0900 (JST)
Subject: why i contacted you.........

Dear Respectful One,
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I know this mail may come to you as a surprise, since we have not known or written before.

Introducing myself, I am Miss Wetea Akadji 18 years of age the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs David Akadji. My father was a Gold and cocoa merchant based in Liberia 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 in a private hospital here in Abidjan. he secretly called me and my younger brother Henry on his bed side and told me that he has a sum of USD$17.5M (seventeen Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S),deposited in a Security and finance company in Abidjan Cote d'ivoire, that he used my name as his daughter as the next of kin in depositing the fund.

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 transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management here on how best to transfer this money to overseas please.He told me that the fund is a trunk box as such the security company does not know the contents of the box. I am humbly seeking your assistance in the following ways:
1- To assist me in providing an account of yours where this fund can quietly be transferred into.
2- To serve as the guardian of this fund since I am still in the university.
3- To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to help me secure a residential permit in your country.
4-To help me clear the trunk box from the security company.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas, while 5% will be set aside to offset any expenses we may incur. Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within the shortest possible time if you signify interest to assist me.
NB : Please contact me immediately you receive this message through this email address : if you are interested.God bless.
Yours sincerely
Wetea Akadji

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