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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 18:17:50 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Chef Gayan Didiet.

>From Chef Gayan Didiet.
Abidjan,Ivory Coast,
West Africa.
Confidential message.

MY Dear,

I want to bring this transaction to your knowledge so that you can assist me in the execution of the contract fund transfer to your bank account in your country so that I can meet with you after the fund transfer.

I am contacting you concerning the immediate transfer of USD $ 9.3Million Usa Dollars from a bank here in Abidjan.The sourse of this fund was through my office as I overinvoiced a contract to the above sum and I need your assistance in the immediate transfer of this fund from here so that I can
meet with you in your country.

For your information, the assistance I need from you is for you to stand as my appointed beneficiary and also provide a good bank account for the fund transfer.
I have decided to offer you 20% of the total contract fund, 75% for me and then 5% to be used in covering any financial expenses that may be incurred during the transaction.

I want you to please think very well before responding to this letter as I want an honest person and also a person who will be ready to help so that we can finalize the fund transfer.

I will like to have your direct phone number so that I can call you and speak with you so that we can proceed.I will send you the necessary contract documents involved in the said contract and my identification after reading from you.
Awaiting your urgent response.
Best Regards.

Chef Gayan Didiet.

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