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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: "charles collins" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 16:13:53 +0200
Subject: Your Assistance

Your Assistance
From:Leo Willian
Abidjan Cote D'ivoireHello,

I am LEO WILLIAN and my sister ROSEMARIE WILLIAN the children of H.R.H CHIEF
WILLIAN of mende (blessed memory)the ex- king of mende tribe in
Sierra-Leone. On the 19th May, 2002 our father was murdered by some rebel
group on the accusation that he is a great sponsor and in support to restore
the democratically elected President of Alahji Tejan Kabba. Almost half of
the palace was burnt.Fortunately I was not in the place when they raided the
palace my father married 2 wives with 10 children my mother , with 6 of my
father's children where murdered in cold blood while my little sister escape
the incident with bullet wounds on his right leg at the moment where the
remaining families are I don't know. Rightnow I am left alone with only one
sister after the sudden assassination of my father the family has been
displaced and totally disorganized left with nothing. Early that year before
the death of my father travelled to abidjan where he told the family that he
deposited 18.5 million USD in a Bank in Abidjan Cote d'ivoire,now we are
looking for a God fearing person who will assist us in transfering the money
into his account. So I decided to go and search for the documents where my
father use to keep them in his room, I discovered the documents covering the
deposit he made with the Bank and other documents for his business. As my
town has been a serious war zone, I made arrangement and leave the country
with my sister to abidjan Cote d'ivoire now. We have gone and confirm the
deposit with the Bank with all the documents, all the documents are with me
here. Now I wish to transfer these funds abroad and enter into a business
venture as the country (Cote d'ivoire) is no longer in peace since October
2002 the country has witness all sort of political unrest ranging from
ethnic clash which resulted to killing of innocent citizens and strangers
are living in fears as the country is no longer that peaceful nation as it
was before due to this reason that I have decided to contact you, to assist
me to transfered this money out of this country for the future of me and my
younger sister. As soon as you show your sincererity and interesting, we are
willing to offer you 30% of the total amount of the money to be transferred
into your account as mentioned above. Waiting for your urgently
ThanksBest regards.

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