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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: "Sonia O. Peter" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 02:36:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: My Dearest One,

My Dearest One,
My name is Miss Sonia Peter, the only Daughter of late Mr.and Mrs. Olumide Peter,I am a native of Sierra Leone living in Abijan Cote'd ivoire since my late father died, I need your assistance so dearly, if you are listening on international news about Africa you might have hear about political
crisis that is going on in my country, My father was a reputable business man during his day he was into exportation of Cocoa.

It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously during one of his business trips abroad on the 10th Jun 2006. Though his sudden death was linked suspected to have been masterminded by his business partner who traveled with him, He was poison. But God knows the truth!! My mother died when i was
13 years old she suffered and died because of loung cancer and since then my father took me so special. Before his death,he told me that he deposited the sum of Eight million Two hundred thousand America Dollars.(USD$8,200.000) in a foreign Bank account which he declared for me to take care of
the fund for my future and that he deposited the fund in my name as the next of kin and that the fund must be transferred to a foreign Country account as i will have to appoint a foreign partner that will stand as my appointed beneficiary before the transfer of this Fund.

I am 19 years old and i am still in Secondry school and really don't know what to do. Now I want an honest partner overseas who I can transfer this deposit with his assistance and after the transaction I will come and resident permanently in your country till such a time that it will be convenient
for me to return back home if I so desire. The deposit document Receipts which I have in my possession carries my name as the next of kin on the document. and i really don't know what to do. This is because i have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of Political Crisis that is going on here
in my country between our Gov, and Rebels. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. please, i want your sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Please allow me to ask you this few question

(1) Can you honestly help me with your heart?
(2) can i trust you after this money is transfer to you?.
(3)Wha percentage will be good for you?.

this transfer can only take us 7day if we directly reach in contact with my late father's deposited Bank. Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible so that i will inform you more details and how you will contact the Bank on my behalf. Thank you so much and God bless you,

Best Regard
Miss Sonia Peter

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