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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: "maria hamisu" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 05:32:31 +0200
Subject: From little maria, see to my situation

*Hello Sir, *

*I am sorry to bother you but by His grace and inspiration, I contacted you.

* *

*My name is MARIA HAMISU from Ivory Coast . I am 17years old and the only
child of my late parents late {Chief and Mrs. GABRIEL HAMISU} I do not know
my mother, she died when I was a baby.*

*My father established his cocoa business in Accra Ghana , and he died
shortly of heart attack his death has now made me orphan and I am exposed to

* *

*Before the unfortunate death of my father ,he called me on his bedside and
reveal to me about some funds $11.5 million U.S .Dollars and gold dust which
he kept inside two metallic boxes which he deposited with a Security Company
in Benin Republic Cotonou all in West Africa as a family treasure.*

* *

*Since the death of my father, my uncles have sent me out of our house, they
said that I am a female child that I do not have any rite in the family as
demanded by the Custom and Tradition in Africa.Presently, Iam living with
a pastor and his family in Benin Rep.*

* *

*My father said he used my name as his only child as his next of kin to the
deposit and in case he fails to make it that I should take care of myself
and get someone to help me invest the money for me. I have all the papers
with me here and the key to the boxes, my father did not disclose the
content of the two trunk boxes to the security company to avoid the
officials from raising eye brows to the funds.*

* *

*Presently I have contacted the security company about the claim but the
security company told me that my father made an agreement with the company
management that they should not release the two trunk boxes to me without a
foreign partner that is why I am seeking for your assistance to help me
stand before the company as my foreign beneficiary partner or my guardian to
receive the trunk boxes in your country so that I can come over to meet you
and continue my education.*

* *

*Please help me and stand for me as my guardian and contact the security
company. *

*I will love it most if you will come down here so that after the
transaction I will go back to stay with you in your country for a better

* *

*Willingly your percentage is sure as compensation for your help but most
important is to get the funds out from the security company and you are
still going to be the one to help me invest the money since I do not have
any idea about investment. *

* *

*Expecting your soonest respond.*

* *


*Yours Faithfully,*

*Sis.Maria Hamisu.*

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