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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:

Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 21:02:00 +0100 (BST)

MR. Norman Lansana
West Africa(Sierra Leone)
website for my late father funeral

MY Dear
Good day and I am sorry to embarrassed you with my personal problem, since we haven meet before .I am called Norman Lansana,the son of late deputy minister of defense MR. Samuel Hinga Norman of sierra Leone who died on 22february2007 in military hospital in Dakar(Senegal).I got your contact from a business directory who told me to have trust when doing business or investment with you. Before the death of my father, he was managing some foreign aid which comes in our country in support for civil war destruction that took place. He kept part of the money (5 million dollars) aside for his personal use. Unfortunately he dies without investing the money. I have decided to look for the participation of an honest and trustworthy person or company who will assist me in investing the fund on properties or real estates and be come partnership with me. Unfortunately, I cannot do it alone, due to my present social status and total ignorance of business
world. I shall give to you 20% of the fund for your assistance to relocate this fund to your country and for reinvestment. Please contact me immediately when interested, you must maintain confidentiality to ensure success, please indicate your personal phone number, Full names, company name and copy of your passport, all these will be needed by diplomatic service when making delivery to your country.
Good Luck
Norman Lansana

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