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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:

Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 14:20:37 -0600 (KGT)



I got your contact address on my desperate search for a reliable
person/company for partnership investments overseas. By introduction, I am
Mr SOLOMON PHILLIP a Sierra Leonean and son of late DR PHILLIP
IBRAHIM.Beforethe death of my father he disclosed to me about the total
sum of $22 million US dollars he deposited under a suspense

account with a bank in This fund represent the huge Sales of Gold and
Diamond he diverted while in office as the director general for Gold and
Diamond Mining Co- Opretionin in Sierra Leone .For security reason
according to my late ather,he made an agreement with the bank that his
r/beneficiary will come forward to submit his banking details for onward
transfer of the fund to his account.DR PHILLIP Ibrahim , my late father

advice me in case if he died that I should look for a foreigner who will
stand as the beneficiary of the fund so that the fund will be transfer to
his/her account for partnership investment. Right now, I am in Abidjan
Ivory Coast,transferring this fund to a trustworthy account .Meanwhile, I
am writing to

know if you can stand as the beneficiary of the fund and to also provide
me your banking details so that I will submit it to the bank for transfer
of the fund for partnership nvestment you will introduce in your country.
Note that after the transfer is made to your account, you will then with
draw some money and send to us in order for me and my two sisters secure
necessary documents to enable us come overto meet you for the investment.
On confirmation of your interest to assist us, the certificate of deposit
with the lodgement receipt of the fund which was issued to my late father
by the bank

on the day he deposited the fund will be forward to you for your
confirmation. 40% N/B. Please do contact me with is my private mail box
for safty and security reasons of the total sum will be offered to you for
your assistance, while 5% will be set aside for any expenses that might
arise during the transfer. ndicate your interest as soon as you received
this mail, and note that this transaction need to be nfidential.please I
await to hearing from you.Yours faithfully,Endeavour to respond through
this my ultana tive email;



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