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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: Lynda Siaka <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:15:47 +0100 (BST)
Subject: =?utf-8?B?2LPZhNin2YU=?=


من خانم فیلم آموزش Siaka از عاج، ساحل، دختران مجرد، سن 23 سال، من تنها دختر مرحوم آقا و خانم لوران Siaka، پدر من یک تاجر و یک سیاستمدار بود.

لطفا من می خواهم به دانستن بیشتر در مورد شما چون من با من مقداری پول که من می خواهم با شما سرمایه گذاری در یک کسب و کار خوب در کشور شما بیش از وجود دارد. من آرزو می کنم شما می تواند صادقانه به من به طوری که من می تواند به این سرمایه گذاری با شما کنار من و من نیز نیاز به توصیه های خوب شما.

من برنامه هایی برای انجام سرمایه گذاری در کشور خود به مانند املاک و مستغلات، تولید صنعتی و هر کسب و کار از انتخاب شما است که سودآور خواهد بود.

این دلیل من برای نوشتن به شما می باشد. لطفا اگر شما مایل به من کمک می کند، نشان می دهد منافع خود را در پاسخ به زودی. ما خودمان ارتباط برقرار می کنیم همراه است

با تشکر از شما و با احترام.

فیلم آموزش


Hello dear

I am Miss Lynda Siaka from Ivory-Coast, a single girl, Age 23 years, I am the only daughter of Late Mr and Mrs. Laurent Siaka, my father was a businessman and a politician.

Please i will like to know more about you because i have with me some funds which i will like to invest with you in a good business over there in your country. I wish you could be honest to me so that i can go into this investment with you by my side and i will also need your good advices.

I have plans to do investment in your country, like real estate, industrial production and any business of your choice that will be profitable.

This is my reason for writing to you. Please if you are willing to assist me, indicate your interest in replying soonest. We will know ourselves more as we communicate along

Thanks and best regards.


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