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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: "Sitabelle.williams" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 12:19:48 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Name : Williams get back to me now

Name : Williams
Surname : Sitabelle
Occupation: Auditor General Bank Atlentique

Dearest friend,
I am pleased to introduce a business opportunity to transfer to your overseas account the sum of ($10.000.000 USD) Ten million United States Dollars from our Bank. I am Mrs Sitabelle Williams (Bsc,Msc) General Bank Atlentique here in Cote D'Ivoire, during the course of our auditing, I discovered a floating funds in an account opened in our bank since 1999 and till date no body has operated on the account and after going through old files in the records, I discovered that the owner of the account died long ago in a plane crash along with his family without leaving a [Heir/WILL], hence the floating of the funds and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.

Therefore, with a personal conviction of trust and confidence, I wish to contact you as a foreigner, to stand as a relative, thus I can work out the release of the funds, No other person in the office knows about the account, please be assured of the risk free, I抦 the one that will work it out, all I need is your co-operation because the account content can not be approved to an indigene here as his next of kin not even me.

At the conclusion of this project, I propose a joint investment of an equal partnership with you or we may share it in a ratio of 45% for you and 45% for me, while 10% for any expenses incurred for this deal. One more thing please, I beg you don't consider this against moral justification, they are many other aspects of life we may contribute with this funds to help the less privileged and the needy in a society than having it shared as an unclaimed bill among Governments.

I look forward to your earliest response.
Thanks and remained blessed
Mrs Sitabelle Williams

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