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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: Mariam Abdullah <>
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 18:54:44 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dear lovely one

Dear lovely one
how are you today?
  It is my pleasure to write you after much consideration,my name is mariam abdullah the only daughter of late muhammed abdullah from sierra-leone,I am 22 years old Girl, I was born in SIERRA-LEONE , and I school in Liberia but I couldn't  finish my education because of the things of the world, I have no brother nor sister.
  My father was former Director of finance Sierra-Leone diamond,Gold and mining corporation, in Free Town,the economic capital of Sierra Leone before his untimely death.After his business trip.
My father got an accident with my mother of which my mother died instantly but my father died five days after in a private hospital in our country. On that faithful afternoon, I didnt know that my father was going to leave me after I had earlier lost my mother, but before he gave up the ghost, it was as if he knew he was going to die.
     My father, oh my GOD (may his soul rest in perfect peace) before he died he called me and told me that he deposited the sum of Nine Million,United State Dollars. USD ($9,000.000.00) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank  in Abidjan the economic capital of Coted'Ivoire.
That the money was meant for his diamond and Gold company he wanted to establish in Tunisia, according to my father he deposited the money in suspence account using my name as the next of kin.
He instructed me to seek for a reliable and trust worthy business partner for my life time investment abroad.Now I have succeeded in locating the deposit documents and the bank where this money was deposited in Abidjan,Cote d`Ivoire. 
     My uncle has seized all my late father's properties of which he want me to provide every other documents related to my late father's bank deposit I refused.  Now my life is in a very big danger, For this reason I have to look for my safety and security  pending my coming over to meet you immediately after the transfer to your account.I am now in Abidjan where the money was deposited.
Now my uncle is going around Cote D'ivoire looking for me to collect  all the documents that covers this money , note that my father told me that I should not give it to any body or show it to any body but it should be the someone that  I trust who will help me to retrieve the money.
Due to political problem in my country, and now since am the only person left in my family,
I seek your assistance in the following ways
(1.) To provide a bank where this money can be transferred into.                                     
(2.) To make arrangements for me to come over to your country after the successful tranferring of this money into your account, to come and futher my education.      
(3.) To help me invest this money in a profitable business since i am only 22yrs of age and do not know about business.
(4.)To sponsor transfer this money into your account.
(5.)I want you to promise me that you are not going to betray me after the money gets into your account.  
    We must do these with trust,  I am willing to offer you 20% of the total fund if only you can help me out of my present predicament.
To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country,I await your immediate response to know what to do next please help me.
Thanks Allah Bless You,
Yours Mariam Abdullah

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