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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Abu" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 12:38:15 +0100

Good day,

I hope this mail meets you in good health and spirit,
I am, ABUBAKAR MOHAMED , a Liberian.
Presently, I live as a refugee in republic of Dakar
Senegal(in west africa), with my younger sister,
AMINATA , I am a victim of war and the son of late
Chief Dr.MOHAMED CISSE , The assassinated
former assistant director of Liberian gold and
Diamond Mining Corporation.

My father was killed with other government officials
during official Hours when the rebel troops stormed
and raided the mining corporation Office at the heat
of the crisis in my country. A few weeks later, the
Rebels also invaded our residential building in which
my mother and two Of our security men were killed in
the compound while I was out for a Special research
program and my younger sister was in school.

I had a singular shock and trauma, which compelled us
to flee from the Country to republic of Benin by the
help of an army colonel, who is a Close friend of my
late father, I have first degree in marketing and I
would have further my education if not for the death
of my parents. I have never worked to earn my living
since my late parents had enough Wealth for us.

I am contacting you now because of the present
difficulty i am facing. Unfortunately my father's two
accounts in West Africa have recently been frozen,
however this did not affect the 10.5 Million US
Dollars which he deposited with a Security for

For now, I am having every information and document
needed for the Collection of the deposit with the
security company and I want you to Act as the
beneficiary of the deposit for easy and smooth
collection to your account abroad for investment

You will no doubt be adequately compensated with as
well as a Percentage of the profit from investment of
the fund. Also you will see to it that my sister and I
come over to your country at the earliest possible
time. I am making this request to you with tears in my
eyes and i feel that God almighty will touch you with
his spirit to listen to my cry for Help and answer me
without delay.

Since our breadwinner is no more and this is the only
hope for life. You positive response will give me the
greatest joy and relief. God

Bless you for your kind assistance we have agreed to
offer you 20% of the total sum. so you can contact me
on this my alternate email address for security at

Seriously waiting for your urgent reply,

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