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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: "MONUIQA" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 06:38:28 +0700
Subject: Re:Hello


Please I Decided to Contact you for real plight something else and I do
want you to assume that my message is sent without personal consign but do
permit me to express certain personal issue as I do not know if I might
receive helps, of course, my subject might appear sudden
but consider this as a wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility.

I lost my Dad back in the middle of January, I am alone presently, my Dad
was a formal district leader to our community for some years before i was
born, I was the only Son as my mother was no longer with Dad when I was
just 7 years, due to this separation my Mum did never knew Father's
fortunes and other aspects of Dad's life, though I lost my Mum on 28th of
July 2013.

Unfortunately, my father willed some amount of money and this money was
been kept in a vault, the funds were annually paid to my father's account
from various communities, there were some companies that usually cooperate
by making curtains payment to local communities as means of helping youths
that lacks employed, among these companies are Shell Petroleum Development
Company, Chevron, Mobil and Agip Plc.

So, most of the saving that my father wills were from these annual
revenues for compensation of youths and community developments under my
father leadership, so, the funds were profits saving by My Dad, now,
because of some problems that recently took place, I'd like
to relocate to your country which I yearn to stays probably with yours
cooperation, of course this was my actual plights of reaching you.

Yes, there were recent problems and it's a heavy arguments to some matters
much like my father's formal saw mill, lands and 3 housing estates, the
problems was that there was no any writing will by my Dad respecting these
properties as to whom should inherited them from the
family, really, this inheritances problem is enormous and i losted one an
cursing a week after
my Dad's Death.

As you can see I needed yours assistance as I wanted to relocation and
transfer the said funds to your country, it being my personal
future-savings and i wishes to secure it elsewhere before the problems got
be worsted, I believed Great times has indeed made this
possible and i need your helps, reply me as quickly as you can, for
transparency and honesty of my mailing you, please you can write me
immediately to confirmed it's validity OK

Thank You.

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