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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: "FROM IBRAHIM AND SISTER FATUE." <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 23:17:54 +0000

Assalamu'Alaikum Belove One,

I Hope This Mail Meets You In Good Health And Spirit, I Am, Ibrahim Ousman

A Sierra Leonia. Presently, am liveing as A Refugee with my younger sister fatue In republic of senegal dakar ,we are a Victim Of War And The Son Of Late Chief Dr.Ousman The Assassinated Former Assistant Director Of Sierra Leone Gold And Diamond Mining Corporation.

Our 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 our Country. A Few Weeks Later, The Rebels Also Invaded Our
Residential Building In Which Our 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 senegal dakar By The Help Of An Army Colonel, Who Is A Close Friend Of My Late Father,
I Have First Degree In Marketing And 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.

We Are Contacting You Now Because Of The Present Difficulty we are Facing.
Unfortunately our Father's Two Accounts In West Africa Have Recently Been
Frozen. However This Did Not Affect The Twenty five Million
Dollars.(Us$ 25,000,000), Which He Kept In a Priam Bank in Senegal Dakar .

For Now, we are Having Every Information And Document of the Deposit of The Money In The Priam Bank Here In senegal dakar, And I Want You To Act As The
Beneficiary Of The Fund For Easy And Smooth Transfer To Your Account Abroad
For Investment Purposes.

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 Almighty Ahllah Will Touch
You With His Spirit To Listen To Our Cry For Help And Answer Us Without Delay.

Since Our Breadwinner Is No More And This Is The Only Hope For Life.
Your Positive Response Will Give Us The Greatest Joy And Relief. Ahllah Bless
You For Your Kind Assistance We Have Agreed To Offer You
30% Of The Total Sum. Seriously Waiting For Your Urgent Reply.

Best regard,

Ibrahim & Sister Fatue
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