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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!

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Fraud email example:

From: "Miss.Fatima Yusuf" <>
Reply-To: "Miss.Fatima Yusuf" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:37:51 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Assalamu Alaikum

Assalamu Alaikum

Peace be with you the faithful, I know you might be surprised to receive this message from me being that we have not seen each other face to face. Please accept my apology if you find this mail offensive. Please parmit me to share my life story with you. I am fatima yusuf the only daughter of Mr Ahmed yusuf from Cote d'Ivoire also called Ivory coast.

My late father was born and brought up in a Christian family, but he turned to Muslim after he discovered the truth in Islamic religion. He married my mother because my mother came from a good Muslim family. Ever since my father turned to Muslim his family disowned him because he turned to a Muslim and married a Muslim woman.

Because of this religious problem between my father and his family members my father was poisoned to death by his brother over their land problem

After the death of my father the family chased me and my mother away because we are Muslims. They said that they can not live together with Muslims unless we change to Christian but me and my mother refused to change to Christian because Islam is better than Christian. Because me and my mother refused to turn to Christian the family seized all my father’s properties and leave nothing for me and my mother. Me and my mother started living in hardship because nobody to help us and we can not change our religion.

In the year 2010 war started in our country after election. The formal president Mr Gbagbo is a Christian and Allassan is a Muslim man so when Gbagbo lost election he refused to go instead he started killing Muslims secretly until the problem result to war.

On the 10th of February 2011 I could not believe what I saw with my eyes when rocket   hit Mosque and killed so many people including my mother. My mother sustained a very big injury but there was no hospital to treat her because all the hospitals were closed during the war. That was how my mother died in pain because no help.

I am in the street because the war is over and I don't have a place to go my father and my mother are now dead. I tried to beg my uncle to accept me in the family and he said unless I changed to Christian but I still refused instead I choose to die as a Muslim. Before my mother died she gave me one bank document where my father deposited some money for investment. I went to the bank with the document i ask bank to release the money for me but bank said no unless I present a foreign trustee because the money was deposited for foreign investment, so that is the reason i contacted you to stand as my trustee.

The total money in the document is about (9,700.000US) Nine million seven hundred thousand Us Dollars. So this is the reason I am contacting you as my fellow Muslim so that you can stand as my trustee so that the bank can transfer the money into your account. I will join you in your country as soon as you receive the money in your account because my life is in danger my wicked uncle is after my life because of this money.  I don't have anybody to help me because I am an orphan.

In your country you will be my helper and also you will help me to invest the money in your country. I have decided in my life to die than to join Christian religion. I am willing to give you 15% of the money after successful transfer of the money into your account.Or you can suggest any percentage you will take for you to help me. May the Almighty Allah bless you as you are willing to help your fellow Muslim sister in sorrow.

My greatest worry now is how to move out of this country because my uncle is threatening to kill me as he killed my father since I refused to change to Christian. Please do something very fast to save my life.

Please do not let anybody hear about this, it is between me and you alone because of my security reason.

I am waiting to hear from you.

Your sister in Islam,
Fatima Yusuf.

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