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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: ms_28_n4 <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:10:42 +0800 (CST)

Miss Emma Nduka and Miss Rose Nduka.
Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire
West Africa.

My Dear Respectful One,

First of all I will like to thank you for given your attention to read my mail and for your interest, I pray that my plan with you shall be of good success. Well, I will go ahead to explain little about myself, My name is Miss Emma Nduka we are Sierra-Leone base in abidjan Cote d'ivoire,we know that you may be surprise how we get your email,We got your E-mail address/profile through internet search from your country national chamber of commerce when I was searching for a good and trust worthy person.

with due respect and humility we write you this letter which we believe you would be of great assistance to me and my younger sister we are Miss Emma Nduka/Miss Rose Nduka the two Daughters of late former Director of finance,Chief James Nduka from Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation.I must confess my agitation is real, and my words is my bond, in this proposal.


My late father Chief James Nduka diverted this fund acquired from the over-influencing of price of sales/purchasing of raw-materials, now he has deposited the money with BANK here Abidjan COTE D'IVOIRE BY FIXED DEPOSIT FORM,and he attached a strict clause to the fund in bracket(PAY AS RECEIVED),where we residing under political asylums with my younger sister Rose Nduka who is 17 years old.

I am just 20 years old and a university undergraduate which i stoped furthering my studies because of our uncles wickedness,really we don't know what to do now, we want a resalable and a trustworthy person overseas who will assist us financially and morally to get this money because it is the only hope of our future surviving, this is because we have suffered a lot of set backs in our studies as a result of incessant political crisis here in Sierra-Leone and cote d'ivoire crisis,combined with the humulations and sufferings that we often received from our uncles, honestly the death of our father actually brought sorrow to our life up to this date.

We feel pleased contacting you personally with the hope to establish good business relationship that is strongly rooted in truth and the fear of God.

We writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your assistance to transfer our cash of ($27,000.000.00) (Twenty-seven Million Dollars) now in the custody of a private bank here in Abidjan cote d'ivoire, although my father made them to understand that the money belongs to his foreign partner.

My late father was attacked by rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Kono, Eastern Sierra Leone.

My father had already made arrangement for his family- my mother, my little sister and myself to be evacuated to Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire with the certificate of deposit he made with a bank here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire through the aid of UN evacuation team.

So I decided to run to the refugee camp where we are presently seeking asylum under the United Nations High Commission for the Refugee here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire.

During the war in my country, and following the indiscriminate looting of Public and Government properties by the rebel forces, the Sierra Leone mining corporation. Was one of the target looted and destroyed.

The untimely deaths caused my mother's heart failure and other related complications of which she later died in the hospital after we must have spent a lot of money on her ending of last year 2013.

Now my 17 years old sister and myself are alone in this strange country suffering without any care or help. Without any relation We are now like refugees and orphans.

Please we will like you to send to us the following information so that we will submitter it to the Bank here for the transfer.


1. Your Full Name.
2. Your Location
3. Your Age
4. Your Marital Status
5. Your Occupation
6. Your Address both Home & Office:
7. Your Telephone and fax Number for easy communication:
8. The name of your Bank:
9. Address of your bank
10.Telephone & Fax of your bank
11.Your Account Number
12.The Account Beneficiary's Name
13.Sort Code, Swift Code etc

Your International passport copy.This is to enable them prepare the evacuation document in your favor as the beneficiary.

They want you to confirm your date of visiting Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire, so that we will visit their Bank office together.

Now permit us to ask these few questions:

1) Are you married?
2) what do you wish we can invest on when I will come to your country.
3) Are you ready to assist me honestly in this transaction?
4) Are there things you want to ask me?
5) I need you to tell me whether you are capable of receiving this amount or not when transferred?
6)Can you honestly help us as your daughters?
7)Can you help us come over there in your country to live so that we can further our studies?

We need your help to invest this family inheritance into a profitable investment in your country.

Necessary modalities will be worked out to enable us carry out the fund claim under a legitimate arrangement. upon the receipt we will know that you are not going to cheat us when the money get to your account,Then we will send you a text of application to apply for the claim,while we would be here guiding you and giving you more information you may require.

And immediately the money is clear,you will quickly arrange for all our traveling documents so we can meet with you in person.

As soon as we receive this Bank detail information, the Bank will be instructed to effect the change of Account to your name as our WILL beneficiary.

We demand an urgent responds. Please confirm your interest, we will send you the deposit slip and our pictures.

Please consider this and get back to us as soon as possible.

Kindly check your email because sometime it could go to spam.

We are waiting to hear from you soon.

Yours faithful,

Miss Emma Nduka and Miss Rose Nduka.
N.B Try and negotiate for us some profitable blue chipinvestment opportunities which is risky free which we can invest with this money when it is transferred to your account and you will be our guiardian, personally we are interested in Estate Management and Hotel Business, please advise us.
This 2014 the year of anotther Chance for you and your family.

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