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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: "MADAM SARAH AND SON SAYEED." <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 17:51:41 +0000
Subject: Asalaam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi.

Dearest One.

With due respect and humility. I write you this letter which I believe, would be of a great interest to you. Your contact came to me through your Country trade Journal in world trade center (W.T.C) Dakar Senegal. I was convinced as to solicit for your support and assistance after reading your profile.I am Mrs.Sarah Nyangoma and Son Sayeed Nyangoma from Sierra Leone, the wife of late Colonel Bennett Nyangoma of blessed memory.

My late husband was the second in command and younger brother of Colonel Leonard Nyangoma who is the leader of the Conseil national pour la défense de la democratie (CNDD) from the southern part of my country Sierra Leone. My late husband was in charge of purchasing arms and ammunitions for the rebel group because of his vast connections abroad.

In course of the war, my late husband was sent to Libya and Moscow to purchase arms and ammunitions valued at the sum of One Hundred and Eighty-Five million United States Dollars. Of this transaction my husband told me he was able to divert the sum of Twenty Five million United States Dollars (USD$ 25,000,000.00) to a private Prime Bank organizations in Dakar Senegal Through diplomatic means the consignment was deposited as a family treasure so as not to let the holding bank know the real contents of the fund consignment trunk box but the real contents is cash.

My late husband told me that he took the action because he strongly believed that they could never win the war. Right now as I am writing to you the United Nation has placed total sanction on the rebel movement and though peace talks have started I dont still see peace in the nearest future.When Colonel Leonard Nyangoma my brother in-law got to know of the demise of my husband he had us sent away to Dakar Senegal where I am residing now on refugee status.

I am a widow now in a helpless situation without a partner to guide me. That's why I am soliciting for your assistance in putting these funds in my possession to good profit yielding investment.All I want you to do is to assist me to bring out this fund from the holding bank in Dakar Senegal. Since because of my refugee status, I must use an established person to transact any business. My family and I agreed to make available a reasonable percentage of 30% for you assistance and all the expenses that would be incurred by you at the end of this transaction.

I want you to know that all the information and document pertaining to the deposit of the funds by my husband are all with me and I am willing to make them available at any time to facilitate your assistance. If this proposal appeals to you,

Kindly contact me or my son Sayeed through our alternate mail address for more information, Email,

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.

Best regards,
Mrs.Sarah Nyangoma and Son Sayeed.

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