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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: Memi Abas <>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 10:01:39 +0000 (GMT)

Abidjan, IVORY-COST Av 774 lot 122 Trichviille
W. A.
Email: (

Based on the information and recommendation I got about quick growth of business, investment and commerce in your country, I deemed it necessary to write and inform you about my interest to invest in any viable venture in joint partnership with you. I am Miss (MEMI .H. ABAS) the first daughter of H.R.H CHIEF of DURUKA (ALHAJI JESSI ABAS) of (blessed memory) the ex- king of DANFO tribe in the easthern part of SUDAN. I am 22 years old.

On the 19th May, 2002 my Father was murdered by some rebel group on the accusation that he is a great sponsor and in support to restore the democratically elected President of my country Sudan. Almost half of our palace was burnt. Fortunately I was not in the place when they raided the palace my Father married 4 wives with 16 children two of the wives, with my 3 brother where murdered in cold blood while my twine brother escape the incident with bullet wounds on his right leg, at themoment where the remaining families are I don't know their way about wheather they are alive or not. Right now I am left alone with only one brother since the sudden assassination of my Father my family has been displaced and totally disorganized left with nothing.

That was how my Father was killed,Before the incedent,I remembered that my late Father gave me some document to keep for him as the first daughter of him, usual he told me in confidence that he deposited (8.5 million USD) in a Security Finance Company in Abidijan Capital city of (Ivory-Cost) So I decided to go and search for the documents where I use to keep them I discovered the documents covering the deposit he made with the Security Finance Company and some other documents like his will and his business documents . As my town has been a serious war zone, I made arrangement with two peace keeping force to help me and my brother move out of the country, however we moved out of Sudan successfully, to (IVORY-COST) where we are now.

I have gone and conform the deposit with the Security Finance Company in Abidijan Capital city of (Ivory-Cost) while all the documents are with me here. the fund have been move to europ do to the political crissis in this country. Now I wish to contact you as my forieng partner for investment in your country or enter into business venture as the country (Ivory-Cost) is no longer in peace since they conducted their Presidential election on the 22nd October 2000 the country has witness all sort of political unrest ranging from ethnic clash which resulted to killing of innocent citizens and strangers, people are living in fear as the country is no longer that peaceful nation as it was before due to this reason that I have decided to contact you.

I therefore want you to help me in the following ways

1)To provide a fresh bank account which can be capable to carry this amount
(USD 8.5M) when you most clam this money, so that it can be transferred.
2)You are going to be a co-manager of this fund for five years in your country
3)You are going to procure admission for me and my little brother to study in one of the universities in your country.
5)Please send me your phone and fax numbers for more

I will give you every other detail that will prove the genuinity of my plights,
I am hopeful that God will touch you to be of this assistant.PLease, respond to me on this mailto: Email: (

My intention is not to disturb your Peace, but because Iam sincerely in need, and desperately need a solution.

Waiting for your urgent reply.

Thanks and God bless.
Best regards.

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