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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: alice jerry <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 03:07:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Agatha. A / Assistance Project

>From Miss Agatha. A
Assistance Project,
West Africa.
Reply me via:

Dearest One,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you.
I got your contact from a search for a trustworthy person who can help me safe guide this money knowing fully well that my life and future solely depends on this money.

I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to its esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trustworthy person I can do business with and by their recoAmendations I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.I am Miss
Agatha A, My late father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discuss on a business. My late father took me so special because I am motherless.

Before the death of my father in a private hospital here in Abidjan. he secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of us$3,000,000 (Three million united states dollars) left in a Finance house here. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was
poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, (such as real estate management, Hotel Management or any investment of your choice).
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways,
1) To provide a bank account where this money would be transferred to,
2) To serve as the guardian of this fund.
3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country after the money has been transferred.
4) To come down here so that we can meet face to face and sign agreem&ugrave;ent of trust.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund to your nominated account overseas and 5% for any expenses you may incured during this transaction. I will need the following informations below if you want
to help me.

1.Full names,
2.Direct phone number,
5.Current residential address.
6.Marital Status

Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me signify interest to assist me.

I am waiting to hear from you soon.

Thanks and God bless.

Yours sincerely

Miss Agatha And Brother
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