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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: Favour Chris <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 19:34:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Favour Chris

Dearest One,

After much consideration and prayer i have decided to tell you all about myself because i believe you can be of Assistance to me and my faith and believe in God led me to you i am the only daughter of my father,late Chief Anthony Chris from Darfur,In Republic of Sudan.

My father was a wealthy Cocoa and Gold merchant in SUDAN before his untimely death.After his bussiness trip to Abidjan Cote d Ivoire to Negotiate on a Cocoa bussiness a week after he came back from Abidjan he was Assassinated with my mother by Arab Militia,Which my mother died instantly but my
father died after five days in the hospitals.

My father disclosed to me that he Deposited the sum of US$28,500,000 in Abidjan,Cote d'Ivoire and the Documents covering the Exictance of the Fund is presently with me and he asked me to seek for a life time investment Abroad.

Right Now i am in Abidjan Cote D'ivoire and I have succeded in locating where the Fund is in Abidjan,Cote d'Ivoire and also confirmed the Existance of the Fund.I want you to Assist me in clearing this Fund and Transfer it to your country as a Trustee and New Beneficiary of the Fund in oversea,and
also use it for an investment purpose.

To be a guardian and also help me with Accomodation in your country because Right now i can not go back to my country Darfur Sudan because of the Conflicts Between the Black Sudanese Rebels and Arab Militia also known as Janjaweed as you can see or hear it in the News or you can find out yourself
for more information at www.CNN.COM/SUDAN I am siliciting for your Assistance to help in Transfering this Fund to your country because this is my only hope in survieing in life and also continueing my education.

Thanks for your kind Attention and and mutual understanding.

Miss Favour Chris

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