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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: Anna Duase <>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2009 19:57:27 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Help Me.

Dearest One,

I am the only Daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs.Duase.My father was a highly reputable business magnet who operated in the capital of cote de ivoire during his days.I am in cote d ivoire for presently now due to the urgent transfer.I'm a deaf girl.It is sad to say that he passed away
mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad year 12th.Febuary 2006.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.But God knows the truth!My mother died when I was just 6 years old,and
since then my father took me so special.Before his death on Febuary 12 2006 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of fifteen million,seven hundred thousand United State Dollar(USD$15.700,000) left in fixed account in one of the leading banks
in Africa.

He further told him deposit that he deposited the money with my name,and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer who he said is in possession of all the necessary but legal documents to this fund and the bank.I am just a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do now.I
need an account oversea were I can transfer this funds and after the transaction i will come and live with you.This is because I have suffered alot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in cote de ivoire.

The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life and i wished to invest under your care please.I am in a sincere desire of your humble this
regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask this few questions:-

{1} Can you honestly help me?
{2} Can I completely trustYou?
{3}What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account while i finalies my education?
Please,Consider this a nd get back to me as soon as

Miss Anna Duase.

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