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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: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 18:59:54 +0900 (JST)

Dearest one,

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture i and my yonger brother,intend to establish in your country.
Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life.
There is this huge amount of ($7,300,000.00) which my
late Father deposited in a security company here in cote d'ivoire before he was assasinated by unknown persons.

Now I and my younger brother decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political
We want you to help us transfer it into your personal account in your country for investment purposes on these areas:
1). Telecommunication
2). the transport industry
3). Five star hotel
If you can be of an assistance to
us we will be pleased to offer to you 10% Of the total fund.
I await your soonest response.
Respectfully yours,

Nneka Sanouba,

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