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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Favor Brown" <>
Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 15:15:25 +0000
Subject: Beloved One

Beloved One

I would like you to permit me to apply through this medium for your
co-operation and to secure an opportunity to invest and do joint
relationship and business with you in your country. My name is Miss Favor
Brown, 19years and single from Bouake , Cote d'ivoire . The only surviving
child of Mr Calistus Brown who dealed on Gold and Diamonds during his days
Before he was shot by an assassins hired by his brother on his business
Trip to Ethiopia on the 20th of November 2008. My mother and my only brother
happened to be a victim in the incident while I was schooling In
France.Honestly, I am in serious agony and pains since the death of my

Meanwhile a week before the incident took place, we had a family meeting and
my late father informed us that his brother threatened to kill him. Due to
fear, he took all his documents and some personal information to our family
lawyer including the deposit certificate of USD$ (Eight Million
US dollars) that was issued to him on the day he made a deposit to the
Investment bank.I want you to help me provide an account where this money
will be transferred into for an investment in your country. I will offer you
50% of the total amount for helping me and use the other 50% for an
investment in your country after my education.
I will give you the contact of the lawyer who will give you more information
and directives on how you will receive the money in your account. I have
discussed with him on my plans to transfer the money into your account and
he supported the idea so that my wicked uncle will not locate me and kill
me. l wait to receive your reply to my mail so that i will give you more
information about the fund.

May God Bless you for your understanding. Eagerly Waiting for your urgent

Favor Brown

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