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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: sandra <>
Reply-To: sandra <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:45:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hi dear!

Hi dear!

Thanks for your reply. I have a special reason why I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here. I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great sorrow in my heart, My name is Miss. Sandra Yaya. Am 24 years old girl from Liberia, the only daughter of Late Chris Yaya, who was killed by his Business partner. my late father was importer and exporter of many types of business. My father Business partner sent armed robbers to kill all the members of my family because my father was progressing more than him. The armed robbers came around 1:am in the night they killed my father my mother and my two small Sisters. Am the only survive in my family because i was not in the house when the criminals came i was in the school hostel. Am the only survive of my family so i managed to make my way to Benin Republic, where am now residing in a refugee camp in Agame, Benin Republic for the sake of my life. 

I really needs your help that's why i contacted you personally for a long term business relationship and investment assistance in your country. My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$5.500,000.00 us dollars in {Unity Trust Bank} with my name as the next of kin when he was alive. i want you to help me to transfer this money from the bank where my late father deposited it to your account in your country so that i can join you and to start a new life over there also invest the money over there. i need you to work with me as a Foreign business partner who will help me in this transaction. I can only get Foreign business partner through computer that is the reason why i contacted you. I will furnish you with all the vital documents covering the deposited fund under the holding bank, only if you can promise me that you are not going to betray me or sit on my inheritance after the money transfer or after doing changing of ownership to the fund so
it will be on your name then the bank will send you Credit Card ( VISA CARD )for you to have access to the fund, please tell me more about yourself again in your next mail by confirming this information's below to me...
Full name,........................
Your country and city name ................
your phone number .............
your pic if you have.........
your age............
your occupation ....
As soon as i get this information's above then i will introduce you to the bank and instruct them to contact you, As you will help me in an investment and I will like to complete my studies in your country after the transfer while you take care of any business we invest the capital, as I was in school before i escaped to this country Benin Republic to safe my life. i want you to help me to transfer the money from the bank my late father deposited the money to your account in your country all i need is your honesty and trustworthiness. It is my intention to compensate you with 20% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my investment capital. 

I receive phone calls from office of REVEREND FATHER.HENRY MOULE, ( +22998094935) call me i don't have any money at hand here, when you call rev father tell him that you want to speak with ( Miss. Sandra Yaya ) the Liberian girl.there are millions of people in this country who will like to help me if i tell them this matter but i don't want to stay in this country and i don't want to invest any thing in this country.
As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately. Please do keep this only to your self please I beg you not to disclose it to any body till I come over to you in your country once the fund has been transferred. I hope my explanation is very clear? Thanks as i hope to read from you soon.

Yours Sincerely
Miss. Sandra.  

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