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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Jude Harry <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 07:19:36 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Reply

I hope you will consider and give it urgent and favourable reply. My Name is Jude Harry 20years old Boy, a citizen of Sierra-Leone, Son of late Dr. Francis Harry, who was Director Sierra - Leone gold and Diamond Corporation I hope you are aware of the war which has ravaged my country for the Past years now. It was in one of these attacks by the rebels that led to
The death of my Father and my Mother including my sisters,

now I am the only survival in my family I was terrified of the situation and because of this I escaped from Sierra- Leone to Abidjan Ivory Coast into a refugee camp but brought along with all vital documents which my late father used in depositing the sum of $8,500,000 Million United State Dollars in a trunk box in security company here in Abidjan Ivory Coast as family treasures. Now I want you to help me retrieve the box out from the security company and also help me to invest the money in a good business in your country, Since my parent is no more and this is the only hope for my life.

Your positive response will give me the greatest joy and relief. my aim
of contacting you is to seek for your able assistance to transfer this fund abroad into your account, then you will help me to invest the money in any lucrative business you think that will be good and look for a good school I will restart in your country, finally obtain a residential permit for me to stay comfortable in your country,

Note, the security company do not know that the content of the box is money as my late father declared the box to them, May God Bless you for your kind assistance I have agreed to offer you 20% of the total sum.

I am waiting to hear from you
Your sincerely
Jude Harry


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