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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: Yamani Yousif <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 23:32:33 +1000 (EST)
Subject: Dearest One,

Dearest One,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I am Yousif Yamani, the only son of late Mr. and Mrs. AHMED YAMANI. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip.My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special.

Before the death of my father in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Eight million, five hundred thousand United State Dollars. US($8.500,000) left in fixed/suspense account in one of the prime banks here in Abidjan ,that he used my name as his only son for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates.
That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or other wise and profitable investment.
Please, I am honourably seeking for your assistance in the following ways:

(1)To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to.
(2)To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 21 years without investment knowledge.

(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.
Moreover, sir I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your EFFORT/INPUT after the successful transfer of this fund Into your nominated account overseas while 3% will be maped out for any expenses we may incure.

Furthermore, please indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within Seven working days you signify interest to assist me.

Anticipating to hear from you soonest.

Thanks and God bless.

Sincerely yours,
Yousif Yamani.

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