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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:

From: marisa mayor <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 18:23:52 +0100
Subject: Hello My Dearest,

Hello My Dearest,Compliment of the day, I'm Miss Marisa Mayor from Sierra Leone. I picked interest in contacting you after glancing through your short profile I deemed it necessary to disclose this important issue. I lost my father during the rebel attacked in 2004.Before his death, he had an account with a bank here in Cote d' Ivoire, where he made a deposit of US$10.5 Million Dollars. This money was for the purchase of cocoa procession machines and development of another factory, unfortunately he did not meet his target before his untimely death. Why I contacted you, due to the agreement he had with the bank during deposit, I've been denied total access to the money, the bank Manager told me precisely that the money was deposited in a suspense fixed account with a clause attached to it for onward transfer into a foreign account.That the bank will follow the agreement written and signed by both (the bank and my father). I was advised to look for a foreign account where the money can be transferred before I can have access to it.Since security here cannot be guaranteed besides, I've lost my father, I hereby ask you to do me a favour by standing as my late father foreign business partner and the beneficiary of the money to enable the bank effect to transfer it into your bank account. I have plans to invest this money in continuation with the investment vision of my late father, but not in this place again rather in your country. I have the vision of going into real estate and industrial production, please if you are willing to assist me, indicate your interest in replying me soonest.Thanks for your anticipated co-operation,Yours Sincerely,Miss Marisa Mayor
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