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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: "james kone" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:34:02 +0100


Dear ,
Compliments of the day,

Permit us to inform you of our desire of going into business relationship
with you. I know this mail may come to you as a surprise,since we have not
known or written before but i am totally convinced that you will be capable
in assisting me in this transaction.

Introducing myself , I am James Ouatarra 21 years of age the son of the late
MR AND MRS DONALD OUATARRA My father was a gold and cocoa merchant based in
Accra, Ghana and Abidjan (Ivory Coast ) he was poisoned to death by his
business associates on one of their business trips.

Before the death of my father on 20th February 2004 in a private hospital
here in Abidjan. He secretly called me to his bedside and told me that he
has a sum of USD$10.5M (Ten Million, five hundred thousand U.S.Dollars Only)
deposited in a Bank here in Abidjan -Cote Ivoire,he told me that he used my
name as the next of kin when he deposited the money.

He alsoexplained to me that it was because of this his wealth that he was
poisoned by his business associates, he advised me to seek for a foreign
partner in a country of my choice either in europe , America or Asia where
there is no war or strife and transfer this money and use it for investment
purpose such as expansion of existing business and real estate management
overseas, this according to him was because of the agreement he made with
the bank on the day he deposited this money, in this agreement, he stated to
them that the money will be transferred to his foreign partners account
overseas for the implementation of a business project however he did not
indicate anybody's name as the foreigner.

As a result of this the bank made it to be mandatory that the money will be
transferred in accordance to this deposit agreement which they made with my
father, this is the reason why i contacted you to assist me in the following
ways as my father did not indicate anybody's name as the beneficiary.

1- To assist me in providing an account where this money can be transferred
in your country.
2)- To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to continue my
education and also invest this money into any good lucrative investment.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for
your effort/ Input after the successful transfer of this fund into your
account overseas. If you are willing and able to assist me , kindly forward
to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable me forward to you
the prove documents showing the deposit of this fund after which i will send
the contact of the bank to you for you to contact them and know how the
money will be transferred.

I look forward to hearing from you.


James Ouatarra.

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