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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: williams <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 11:34:06 +0000
Subject: From Williams Alfarouk/Appeal for Assistance.

*From Williams Alfarouk/Appeal for Assistance.
Greetings, I'm Williams Alfarouk from Sierra Leone.
I'm writing you from Rep of Cote d'Ivoire where I have been taking refuge
after the brutal war and Murder of my parents by the rebels during the
renewed Fighting in my country Sierra Leone. Because of the war my late
Father sold his shipping company and took me to a nearby country Cote
d'Ivoire where he deposited US$18, 300,000.00 Million(Eighteen Million Three
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in his foreign account with one of
the bank here in Cote d'Ivoire.Please, I have prayed before contacting you
with the trust that you will be a help to me with the current political
situation in Ivory Coast now, I'm seeking for your assistance to transfer
this Money to your account for a good investment Project in your country and
also relocate to your country to further my study. I'm willing to offer you
20% of the total sum for your assistance. Please for your good information
this transaction Is 100% risk free and prove in no way connected with any
illegal transaction, Please Help me to get out of this terrible situation
and as soon as you receive this mail Please kindly call me +22547434107 and
contact me ( **) for more details (is very
important) The bank here is ready to transfer the money to your account.

Best Regards,

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