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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: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 04:46:14 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From :Miss Teliat Bakre

Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire

Dear lovely one,
Good day, Please,i want someone like you to help me out after i had pray and fast then believes that you are a good person and that i can stay with you for the rest of my life ,am 22 years old lady, My late dad is a wealthy and successful business man before he died, My mum died when i was a
baby, am the only child in the family. Before the death of my dad, he called me secretly in the private hospital where he was admitted and inform me to run away from his house because of his blood brother, who is my uncle. It was on that day, my dad reveilled to me that, it was his brother who
poisoned him to this level .

Inshort,he seriously warn me to keep this money secretly because he know that, it was because of all his wealth and properties, his brother decided to kill him so that he can inherit all this properties as i am a girl . My dad disclose to me that traditionally,i don't suppose to get any of his
properties because i am a girl . He said soonest,i am going to marry to another family but due to his brother wickedness and greedy,he did not disclose to him about this money (US$10.5 million) in the bank and he seriously advise me to transfer this total money to oversea account for my
investment,where i will start my new life and finish my education . Because of this reason, i am soliciting your assistance for the claim and transfer to your bank account for the business.

Honestly speaking , i am ready to give you 15% of this total money for your assistance and with extral 5% for your expenses on phone call, please u reply me now if really serious to help me out so that i can tell you more about my intention.

Anyway,you can not understand anything now because it is a long story but please and please for God sake, reply me so that i can tell you more about myself and the transfer.

Best Regards,
Teliat Bakre

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