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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: "dorisamos4" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:19:19 -0700
Subject: From : Miss Doris Abbey.

From : Miss Doris Abbey.
Tel : +22502162794


I got your contact when i was searching for a good honest and reliable
person. i prayed over it and decided to reveal to you my problem. I am Miss
Doris Abbey (22 years old) the only Child of late Dr and Mrs. Amos Joshua
Abbey. my father was a very wealthy Gold/Diamond dealer in Freetown, the
economic capital of Sierra Leone. my father was poisoned to death by his
close business associates on one of their outings on a business trip. my
mother died 17 years ago.He was also playing the role of a mother to me too.

Before the death of my father , in a private hospital in Freetown, he
secretly called me by his bed side and told me of a deposit of $5,000,000,00
united state dollars (FIVE MILLION DOLLARS)he concealed in a metallic box
and deposited with a finance security company in Abidjan,the economic
capital of cote d'Ivoire.He warned me that because of envy that he was
poisoned by his close associates. He also advised me to seek for an honest
foreigner in a country of my choice those associates will not hurt me as
they have succeeded in poisoning him. For yourinformation ,it has been
difficult to know who is an honest person to assist me in this
transaction,and i decided to make a try on you.

I arrived Abidjan,Republic of Cote D'Ivoire,a nearby country since my uncle
wants to kill me because of this certificate of deposits as he have suceeded
in collecting all my father's property left behind. He and his wife always
punish me away and have made life very difficult for me .His wife served me
a poisoned rice meal, but for the devine mercy, her daughter secretly
whispered to me not to eat the meal because there is poison in the rice. i
wasted the meal to the bin only to find two dead rat on the bin the
following morning and that made me to run away immediately to abidjan,the
economy capital city of ivory coast. And i don't want to stay long here in
abidjan since i don't know anybody here and no much money to pay for my
hotel bill.

Dear, i honourably seek your assistance to hurry up and come down here in
abidjan so that i will take you to the finance security company where my
late father deposited the money so that i will introduce you and you will
help me clear the money and we will go together to a nearby bank and open a
new account in your name and transfer the money immediately from the bank to
your bank account in your country and together i will enter plane with you
and go back to your country with you so that i can continue my education
over there and you will help me invest the money in your country. i have
agreed to compensate you with 20% of the total money.

Thank you as i expecte your reply immediately you receive this email.

Yours Faithfully,
Miss Doris Abbey.

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