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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: "Miss Elizabeth" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:26:18 -0700
Subject: Greetings from Miss Rose

Miss.Elizabeth Sekou, 28 years old woman from Liberia, parents dead during a civil war. Manage to escape to the UN refugee camp in Dakar, Senegal. Late father (Mr. David Sekou.) left a inheritance deposit $1.9 million US dollars, deposited inScottish bank and Miss. Adlina the next of kin. Due to number of reasons (refugee status, local laws, etc.) I don't have access of funds, needs of foreign assistant to prepare a claim for the Bank and act as the beneficiary on my behalf. The funds would be transferred to an assistant's account and invested in lucrative business. The assistant. would obtain the travel documents for her so that she can re-locate to live over to an assistant.

I obtained a lawyer (Barrister (Dr.)Bacra Jacob) to handle the matter. This lawyer provide itemized price specification (to provide power of attorney and the affidavit of oath) which ended in the total $975 USD, which should have been pay via Eco Bank Rapid Money Transfer or Western Union.
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