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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: helen koca <hellen_koca6@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 08:50:56 -0800 (PST)
Subject: please i need your help


Dearest One,

Good day and which i believe you will be of great assistants to me that will make the beginning of never-endingfamily relationship. I hope that this proposal will not be an inconvenience or embarrassment to you.I must not hesitate to confide in you this simple and sincere business
My name is hellen koca, I am 20 years of age, the only daughter of late Mr and Mrs mattin koca, from Nshili District of Gikomgoro Province in Republic of Rwanda. My father before his death was a prosperous Cocoa and Gold merchant in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda before his untimely death, after his business trip to Abidjan -Cote d'Ivoire, to negotiate on a Cocoa and Gold business he wanted to invest in Abidjan - Coted'Ivoire. My mother died when I was little ,and since then my father took me so special. Before his death on 12th November 2002 he told me that he has the sum of nine million,seven hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$9.700.000) he deposited with one of the security companies here in cote d,ivoire. that he wanted to use this fund to invest his cocoa business in cote d,ivoire. After the burial of my late father i came down to Abidjan here in Cote D,iviore .


i am just 20 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do.and the normal option is for me to claim this fund out from the security company and to transfer it to a safe country , through a reliable friend/husband for investment and also continue my education in the country. because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in cote d'ivoire.The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. as i,m writing to you now i,m writing with tears and pains. all the documents regarding to the deposit of the fund that was given to me by my late father is intact with me.I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. Can you honestly help me.
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question
will be good for you after the money is in your
custody.

Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as
posible.

Thank you so much and God bless you.

My sincere regards,

Miss hellen koca,





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