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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, 14 Feb 2007 19:23:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Personal Letter

surprise,first of all, we will like to wish you a
Compliment of the season, I am FRANK and I am
writing to you together with my Sister Miss Victoria from Abidjan Rep of te 'Ivoire.We hope you will Permit us to inform you of our desire of going into business
relationship with you.We got your name and contact from
internet ,We prayed over it and selected your name among
other names after reading your profile and we beleive that
you will be a trustworthy person that We can do business
with and , We must not hesitate to confide in you for this
simple and sincere business.
We are FRANK and Miss VICTORIA the only
son and Daugther of late CHIEF and Mrs. GEORGE EDWARD. Our
father was a very wealthy DIAMOND DEALER, the economic
capital of SIERRE LOANE, our father was poisoned to dearth
by his business associates on one of their outings on a
business trip. Our mother died when we was very small and
since then our father took us so special. Before the death
of our father in a private hospital here
in Abidjan, he secretly called me on his bed side and told
me that he has the sum of Eight million ,three hundred
thousand United State Dollars.USD ($8.300,000) deposited in a bank here in Abidjan ,that he used my name as his only son for the next
of Kin in depositing of the fund in the bank. He also explained to us that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by
his business associates.That we should seek for a Foreign
partner in a country of our choice where we will help us withdraw the fund and transfer the fund and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management .
Sir, We are honourably seeking your assistance in
the following ways:
1)to come down here and help us transfer of the fund to your country through your account.
2)To provide a bank account into which this money would be
transferred to.
3) To serve as a guardian of this fund
4)To make a feasibility study and recommend some
worthwhile business investments which flourishes there in
your country, Our approach is in view of our ill-
experience in business. This fund been the basis of our
future and business ambition, your friendship,honest
assistance and advise will be appreciated so much while
relying on your guidance for profitable business
establishment in your country.
5)To make arrangement for me and my younger sister to come
over to your country to further our education and to
secure a resident permit in your country.
Moreover, We are 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.
Furthermore, Please, if you think you can be of
an assistance to this our problem try to contact us on
this e-mail addresse above for more discussion and
modalities of this transaction and We are willing to offer
to you the 15% of the total Money and also a negotiable
percentage for the investment project.
We will forward all the documents concerning this
deposit to you,together with our pictures on confirming to
us your interest to assist us in this our situation
Please, Help us to get out of this terrible
situation and our Almigthy God will bless you.
Anicipating to hear from you soon.
Thanks and God bless.
Best regards,

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