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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: williams susan <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 18:58:08 +0200
Subject: From Susan and Williams/Appeal for Assistance.

From Susan and Williams/Appeal for,We are WILLIAMS and SUSAN NELSON from SIERRA LEONE. We are writing you from Rep of Cote d'Ivoire where we have been taking refuge after the brutal warand murder of our parents by the rebels during the renewed fighting in ourcountry.Because of the war our late Father sold his shipping company and took us to a nearby country Cote d'Ivoire to make a deposit of one of the Bank herewhich is sum of US $ 10,300 million in Abidjan the capital city of Coted'Ivoire.Due to the current political situation in Ivory Coast we are seeking for your assistance to transfer this Money and also relocate to your country tofurther our study and we are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum foryour help. Please, kindly call us on this Number +22508423410 for more discussion or Contact us through your email to this our email( for more details.Best RegardsSusan and Williams
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