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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "walterdorman4" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 03:15:22 +0100

Dear Beloved One,

Thank you for taking the time to read this mail. My name is Walter Dorman,
from Diamond rich country district of Bombali in Northern Province of Sierra
Leone. I am the only survived son of Late Mr.MICHAEL DORMAN, the managing
director of Sierra Leone diamond mining co-operation and transport minister.
I am currently living in a refugee center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.I have
been unfortunate to find myself caught up in a very difficult situation in

I know you will be surprise to receive this message, but it is of utmost
importance to me.
Anyway, I am about to entrust my destiny on your shoulder if you can help
me, it will also be of immense benefit to you too. This transaction demands
utmost trust, honesty, integrity and most important, secrecy. It is only
through the above that I will be assured of my security.This regrettable
situation led to the killing of my parents and only sister(Nina) and the
displacement of my family During the brutal civil war in my country Sierra
Leone, my late parents of blessed memory were brutally murdered by the
rebels led by Mr. Foday Sankoh, they were murdered with my only sister

But I managed to escape to Ivory Coast, a neigbouring country through the
help of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).But before my late Father's
death, he drew my attention to a box containing about Six million US dollars
($6 Million) which he smuggled out at the start of the war to a Local Bank
in Abidjan, He made the deposit in name as the first son and next of kin,
He also gave me the certificate of deposit and receipt issued to him by the
Bank, which I still have in my possession.

The problem I have is that as a refugee, the immigration law does not allow
us to open or hold operate bank account here, and the language barrier since
here is a french country, I do not want to seek the assistance of just
anybody for fear of being duped or defraud of my only livelihood, I have
sold almost all my belongings to keep body and soul together, hence the
Ivoirian Government is not really taking care of us.
What is required of you is to give us your full name, telephone and fax
numbers and contact address so that I can secure a Power of Attorney in your
favour that would enable you contact the Bank as the beneficiary of the
Fund. You can then transfer the funds to your bank account after all legal
documentations are done and secured.

In order to make it worthwhile, I will give you part of the money. I have
also map out 5% of the principal sum for any expenses that you may incurred
during the transaction process which includes your traveling expenses, I
intend to invest the remaining part of the money on your advise in any
lucrative business ventures in your country, you may even act as my
financial adviser if you are so disposed so that i can further my education.
If you want to help, you can contact me on my email address ( I am looking forward to your immediate response,
as I believe that destiny has brought us together.
Yours Faithfully,
Walter Dorman.

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