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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: "Binta Fonse" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 22:41:23 +0200
Subject: Pls reply soon,apeal from BInta

Dear Sir,
Forgive my indignation if this message come to you as a surprise and if it might offend you without your prior consent and mailing through this channel.

I am Binta Fonse Moris the Daugther of the former business man Santo Fonse Moris, (late),a dealer of gold & Diamond and minerals in Sierra Leone and gained illicit access to diamond .As <> a result of the on-going problem in my country,my father was on a travelling with my mother, two younger ones my sister and brother.UnfortunateIy,my father car had a terrible accident and they were all perished. I lost the whole family due to that terrible incident and coupled with my country's war I had to live my home country since I had lost virtually the whole family. I am also to tell you that I am 28 years old, beautiful and charming good looking girl,honest and sincere. I am presently residing Dakar-Senegal with my Aunty. I came in here with my late father's valuable documents covering his assets with the finance company in which he deposited some diamond and funds in the vaults with the firm.
This Diamonds and money was deposited by my late father before he died,the amount is $8 m while the diamond is 22 Carats gold diamond worth about $1.2m for market value with a finance & Securities firm in Dakar,Senegal. I will gladly appreciate for you to assist me to relocate these assets from the holding company to your country for business investment.That is to say you are not going to pay for transfer fee.The company would transfer these assets to your position without charging you any money.
I have finally made up my mind to leave the rest of my lives in a more peacefull and political stable country like yours.I shall willingly agree to any suitable percentage or condition we may arrive on the choice as compensation for your assistance.I will be waiting to your reply.Plaese email thro; </ym/Compose?>
Yours Faithfully,
Miss.Binta Fonse Moris

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