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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: "Mrs. Yao Annicette" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Yao Annicette" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:13:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Calling for your urgent Assistance.

Calling for your urgent Assistance.


  I am so sorry for the enconvinence and embarrasment this may cause you but i am pleading to go into a real legal business transaction with you.

I am Miss Annicette Yao, 21 years of age and single. 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. I have a substantial capital I honourably Inherited from my late father late Mr. and Mrs. Koffi Yao who deal in Cocao-coffee plantation and share from family Gold, diamond Mining and trading as his only child and the next of kin Amount($6,500,000.00). The Epmgigo rebels killed Him recently in political crisis in our country that have resulted to war since this past two years.I intend to invest this money in profitable areas in your country into a very lucratives business venture of which you are to advise and execute the said venture over there for the mutual benefits of both of us .

  Most especially is for you to help me come over to your base if possible for You be able co-operate with me to become business partners in your country and create ideas on how money will be invested, properly managed and the type of investment after the money is transferred to your custody with your assistance. I inherited this sum from my late father whom the rebels killed because he was not supporting their selfish interest. Meanwhile, on indication of your willingness to handle this transaction sincerely by protecting my Interests and upon your acceptance of this proposal.

  I would detail you with the full detailed information, procedure, amount involve is below and we shall mutually agree on your percentage interest or share holding for helping me to secure the release of the deposit and investing the fund into a lucratives profitable venture in your care.

   It is The sum of Six million Five hundred thousand United States Dollars. $6,500,000.00 left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan I shall be glad to reserve this respect and opportunity for you, if you so desire, but do urge you to give the matter your immediate attention it deserves. I want you to be rest assured that everything is in order and legitimate it was due to the political crisis in our country that have resulted to war which cause everybody to find a way to get out the country,that makes me to use this medium to request for your assistance hoping that you will not let me down.

This money is legitimately acquired by my late father from sales of cocoa-coffee and diamond dealings.

Looking forward to your prompt response for more details.

Thanks and God bless

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