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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: moses joy <>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 19:42:20 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Good Day

Dear ,

From Miss Joy Moses.
How are you today? i was convince within my heart that i can trust you with all my
heart but my only fear now is that i hope and pray you beleive what i
have to tell you.
I am Joy as you rightly know. My mother was an frican American while my
father was from the french speaking colony of Cote D' Ivoire, i was
living with my mother not too far from Charleston building, 601 57th
Street,Charleston West Virginia USA. And i attended Charleston senior
High School,1201 Washington Street E, Charleston, WV. I lost my mother
sometimes ago and after her death i came to meet my father for the very
first time in Cote d'Ivoire, though he was also living in the state
before he relocated back to Cote d' Ivoire to set up a business.
Exactely two months and one week after i came to meet my father with
the help of U.S consulates he died , he was very sick when i came to
meet him but before his death there were some document he gave to me
and he told me that everything he worked for in his life time is in the
document when i crosscheck the document i discovered that my late
father deposited 10 Million dollars in a security company. my late
father deposited the money as family valuables in a trunk box.
The reason i am telling you is that i am just a girl and there is
little or nothing i could do on my own and again if my late father
relative find out that my late father left that kind of money in my
care i don't know what they might do to me, so i need! you to help me
contact the security company and claim the deposited Item for me as my
friend and Guandian,and take me along with you. If you do this for me
apart from the love i will also offer you 20% of the total money for
helping me.
Please i requested for your trust and understanding because it might
sound unbeleivable but it is the truth,
miss Joy Moses

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