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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: "Louisa Christopher" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 05:25:58 -0500
Subject: From Louisa and Louis Christopher. Reply urgently.


Greetings to you,

I feel good contacting you today I have read from your add in Internet
knowing quiet well that this contact will bring a lasting relationship.

With regard to your reputation and co-worshipper of God who will not
disappoint me nor deny me in faith, I am directing this letter of assistance
to you.

I am Miss Louisa. Christopher the only daughter of Mr.Christopher from
Republic of Zimbabwe in desire to get somebody who will safe guard my
interest, that of my junior brother (Louis) and this money.Briefly, our
father Mr. Christopher was a Gold and Cocoa merchant who based in Lome Togo,
Abidjan cote d'Ivoire, and had a branch office here in Accra Ghana.

My father was a wealthy Gold/Cocoa merchant who has business in many
countries in Europe, America and Asian countries.According to my father, my
own mother Died when I was about six years of age, which means that I did
not even know my mother very well.The story is that my father Mr.
Christopher was Poisoned to death by his business associates about seven
months ago, and he died in a private hospital here in Accra Ghana.
But when he was about to die, he called us beside his sick bed and told us
that he deposited the sum of Twenty million United State Dollars (US$20M)
with a local bank there in Accra, the economic and administrative capital of
Republic of Ghana.

This money was kept for us in my name, his only daughter. Right now I am a
first year student of business management in one of the University here.My
only problem now is that since my father has been poisoned to death by his
business ssociates, I don't even trust any other person here again including
my father's brothers and sisters.

Right now, I want you to help us in the following ways:
1)I want you to provide a personal / company's bank Account where this
amount here (US$20M) can be Transferred.
2) You are going to be the manager of this fund and Also my personal
guardian until I finished my studies.

3)You are going to procure admissions for us to continue our studies in one
of the known university in your country.
4) You are going to receive 30% of the total sum for providing a bank
account for this transfer.
5) That you must prepare immediately to make a working visit to ACCRA GHANA
here so that me and you can see each other and we can then do the transfer
at the same time and I will go back with you to your country.
We hope to receive your early response, as it will Encourage us, to stop
establishing further contacts as It regards to this subject matters, so that
we will furnish you With a private phone number where you can reach us
Direct, on receipt of your positive response.

For your information, this place we staying now is a House of a church
sister who saw our condition and Decided to house us for a while.
Waiting to hear from you soon.

Thanks for your understanding,

Miss L.B. Christopher.

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