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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: Eric Mbriwa <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:44:05 +0900
Subject: Please We Need Your Assistance.

From Eric and Jessica Songo-Mbriwa.
Residence Bellvile, Abidjan,
Cote D' Ivoire

Dear ,

Our sincere Greetings to you, I know that this mail will come to you
as a surprise but please it was borne out of a desparate for
assistance and desire to enter into a business relationship with you.

My name is Eric Kandeh Mbriwa the only son of late Chief.Thomas
Songo-Mbriwa from Western Province in the Republic of Sierra Leone. I
got your contact from the Ecowas Infomation Center in Abidjan,Cote
d'Ivoire here. My source of your contact gave me the courage and
confidence to rely on you. I am writing you in absolute confidence
primarily to seek your assistance to transfer a huge amount of money
deposited by my late father with a bank here in Abidjan, Cote D'
Ivoire to your private account in your country and for you to help me
and my sister to get our papers to come over to your country for the
investment of the money in good business venture which you will serve
as an overseer and for the continuation of our education.

Iam 19 years old and my sister Jessica is 16. Our father, late
Chief.Thomas Songo-Mbriwa was before his death a diamond and precious
stone merchant in our country Sierra Leone. He was killed during the
civil war in our country by the forces loyal to the Government on the
allegations that he was sponsoring the rebels, this caused us to run
to Cote D' Ivoire with our late mother. But on getting to Cote
D'ivoire our mother developed a heart ailment which claimed her life.

But before she died she gave me the documents of the money which our
late father deposited in a bank here in Cote D' Ivoire and told us
that our late father reached an agreement with the bank that the money
is for onward transfer to a foreign account and entered my name his
only son as the next of kin. She pleaded that I should look for a good
and trust worthy person abroad who will help me to transfer this money
out of here and help me and my sister to come over to his or her
country to continue our education and investment of the money.

I have visited the bank and met the director who assured me that the
money is intact and that once I submits the details of the foreign
partner in whose account the money will be transferred to, that the
bank will commence the transfer proceedings immediately.

So We need help from you to submit your name to the bank as our
fathers foreign business partner and transfer this money to your
account for investment purpose and help us get our traveling papers
which we shall use to come to your country for the investment of the
money and the continuation of our education.
In respect to what our late mother told us, we are willing to give you
20% of the money after the transfer of the money is completed and the
rest will be invested in good business,which you shall serve as the
overseer while we continue our education.

We awaits your reply and in order to give you more explanation on the
issue. And we plead that you kindly treat this email as confidential.
You can also reach us on this phone number: +225-56-47-77-62 for more
details and explanations.

God bless you as we await your reply.

Yours sincerely,
Eric and Jessica Mbriwa

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