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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: <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:50:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Miss Avis Moses

Abidjan Cote d'ivoire
West Africa

Dearest one,

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to establish in your country .I am M/s Avis Moses the Daugther to Late Dr Boga Moses From Sierra Leone in West Africa. Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in
life. There is amount of five million U.S dollars ($5,000,000.00) which my late father Deposited in a in a trunk box with a security company,here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire before his death as family valuable.

Now I and have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.i want you to help me and retrieve the box and transfer these Funds into your personal account in your country for investment purposes on these areas:
1, Hotel Business ). Real Estate business or any of your choice that will profite us in return.

If you can be of an assistance to me i will be pleased to offer to you 15% Of the total fund. I
await your soonest response.
Respectfully yours,

Miss Avis Moses

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