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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: jacky <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 05:10:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Urgent assistance needed.

of time Shortage, so please kindly bear with me.
However, permit me to inform you of my desire of going
into business relationship with you.
I am Jackline Doe the only child of late Mr and Mrs
James Doe, My father was a very wealthy GOLD merchant based in MONROVIA, the economic capital of LIBERIA before he was poisoned to death by his business
associates on one of their outing to discuss on a business deal.

When my mother died on the 21St October
1985, my father took me so special because I am
motherless. Before the death of my father on 29 Th
June 2004 in a private hospital here in Abidjan. He
secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he
has a sum of US$ 10.300,000 ( TEN million THREE hundred
thousand, United states Dollars) left in a suspens
account in a local bank here in Abidjan, that he used
my name as his only daughter for the next of kin in deposit
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). I am honourably seeking your
assistance in the following ways.
(1To provide a bank account where this money would be transferred to)
(2To serve as the guardian of this fund since I am a girl of 28years)
(3To make arrangement for me to come over to your country after the money has been transferred. Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort / input after the successful transfer of this fund to your norminated account in overseas.
Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards
assisting me as I believe that this transaction would
be concluded within seven (7) days you signify
interest to assist me. I will appreciate your early
respones. Anticiapting to hear from you soon.
Best Regard

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