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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: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 01:02:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Fatima Nasiru

From Fatima Nasiru
Dearest One

How are you Today?
I have a proposal for you-this however is not mandatory nor will I in any
manner compel you to honour against your will. I am Fatima Nasiru, 22years old and the only Child of My late parents Mr.and Mrs Amanda. My father was a highly reputable busnness magnet-(a cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days.
It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his

Business trips abroad year 12th.Febuary 2005.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth!

My mother died when I was just 4 years old,and since then my father took me so special. Before his death on Febuary 12 - 2005 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he had a sum of 7.500,000 US DOLLARS (seven. five) MILLION USA DOLLARS)kept in a security
company in (AFRICA), but when last I went to the company to meet with the director there he was telling me that they have transfered all their customers goods in their branch office in europ just because of the political problem here in this country, for safety reason.

He also said that the security company does not know the content of the safe Box.He decleared it as family treasure and used my name to Deposit the Box as his first daugther for next of kin. He also explained to him that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business

That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money to and use it for investment purposes.
I want you to assist me in clearing this box from the security company and then transfering the fund inside the box into your account overseas as a beneficiary of the fund, and also use it for an investment purpose.
I am just 22 years old and a university undergraduate and really I don't know what to do.

Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.
Dearest one, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can you honestly help me as your Child?

2. Can I completely trust you?

3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the
money is in your account?

Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible

Thank you so much.

My sincere regards,

Fatima Nasiru.

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