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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: Sonia Bambola <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 17:48:35 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Sonia Bambola

Dearest One,

It's my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.

My name is Miss. Sonia Bambola, from Zimbabwe. My younger brother and I escaped from our country at the heat of the political crisis in my country after losing our father and mother in the political war; as a result of the political instability going on in my country right now.

My Late father Dr. Chynwa Bambola Mgbue, was a great politician in Zimbabwe political arena. Because of my father's sincerity, He was killed on the 04th of April 2008 by unknown soldiers in our residential house. See news for more information about my late father's death.
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We relocated to Abidjan here because our late father deposited a box containing the sum of Nine Million Three Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars ($9,300,000.00) in a security company here in Abidjan as family valuables for security reason, that he used my name his only daughter as the next of Kin to the

I want to assure you that this transaction is 100 % risk free because no other person knows about this deposit apart from the security firm, you and I. If you are willing to help me try as much as possible to reach me through this email to enable us proceed in earnest towards concluding of this
transaction, but please if you know that you cannot help us do not worry, Just respond to me with your intention so that I will know what to do and do not disclose it to anybody here because I do not know who is who.

Now I have decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons; I want you to help me to retrieve this fund out of the security company custody and transfer this fund to your country for investment.

Please let me know how many percent of this fund you will take for your assistance, if you can be of an assistance to me I await your soonest response.

Thank you and God bless you.


Miss. Sonia Bambola.

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