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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: jane Yarah <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 14:12:36 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Jane Yarah

Good day Dear One,

Good Day and how are you today?, l would like you to permit me to apply through this medium for your co-operation and to secure an opportunity to invest and do joint relationship and business with you in your country.

I am Jane Yarah. I have a substantial capital which l honourably Inherited from my late father late Mr. William Yarah who deal in Cocoa-coffee plantation and shares from Family Gold, Diamond Mining and Trading. Most especially is for you to help me come over to your country if possible for you to be able co-operate with me to become my business partner in your country and create ideas on how the money will be invested, properly managed and the type of investment after the money is transferred to your custody with your assistance.

I inherited this fund from my late father whom my wicked Uncle poisoned to inherit all the wealth of my father because i am the only daughter. Which later led to the death of mother some months after due to heart failure. l am now on indication of your willingness to handle this transaction sincerely by protecting my Interests and upon your acceptance of this proposal.I would give you the full detailed information, procedure, and we shall mutually agree on your percentage interest or share holding for helping me to secure the release of the deposit and investing the fund into a lucratives profitable venture in your care.

The sum of Ten Million Five Hunderd Thousand USD $10,500.000USD I shall be glad to reserve this respect and opportunity for you, if you so desire, but do urge you to give the matter your immediate attention it deserves.I want you to be rest assured that everything is in order and legitimate,it was due to the evil plan of my wicked uncle who threw me out of the house,that makes me to use this medium to request for your assistance hoping that you will not let me down.

Now i have decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and my life. l want you to help me receive the money in your country for onward joint partnership business and investment in your country. l will like to invest part of the money into these three investments in your country but, if there is any other business that is better than our suggestion, i will be very glad to follow your advice.

1. Real estate investment
2. Transportation
3. Hotel Management
l wait to receive your reply to my mail so that i will give you more information about the fund. May God Bless you for your understanding.

Eagerly Waiting for your urgent response.

Jane Yarah.
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