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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: Mrs Purity Qaume <>
Reply-To: Mrs Purity Qaume <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:15:35 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greeting.

From: Madam Purity Qaume
Tel: +22542428100

My Dear,

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my Son Harrison intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe one has to risk confiding before you can succeed sometimes in life.

I can confide in you for the brighter future of my Son since you are a human being like me. There is this huge amount of Fifteen Million five hundred thousand United States dollars. ($15.500.000.00) which my late Husband kept for us with a Security Company here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire before he was assassinated by unknown persons, Now I and my son Harrison have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough for security and political reasons.

We want you to help us claim and retrieve this fund from the Security Company and transfer it into your personal account in your country for investment purposes in your country in these areas:

1). Telecommunication
2). The transport Industry
3). Five Star Hotel
4). Tourism
5). Real Estate

If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer you 20% of the total fund.

I await your soonest response.

Respectfully yours,

Mrs Purity Qaume and son Harrison.

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