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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: junior verissimo <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 10:49:34 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Happy New Year...

Good Day,

Happy new year.
I duly apologize if am interfering on your privacy if this request is not acceptable to you. First I wish to introduce myself properly to you.I am Verissimo Junior Seabre,the dauther of the former Guinea-Bissau army chief killed(General Verissimo Correia Seabre)under the present government of my home country.I Refer you to this website for its details;(

As you will see from the above site,my father was just murdered in cold blood and now leaving me and my sister fatherless.However prior to his death he deposit the of sum
of Twenty Three Million British Pounds Sterling(£23.000.000) in this country where we are now.My father's lawer who informed me of this,told me that he agreed with the bank
that he or the foreign partner will come for the transfer of the funds on a later date.

I and my sister flew to Cote D'Ivoire for the claim of the fund,we located the bank and presented all the legal documents to the bank,but the bank refuse to give to us the fund of my father,they told us in the bank that my father has already registered the fund unexpress transfer to Leave Africa,so we spook to the head of treasury depatment of the bank and he advice us to look for a forign parter to help us contact the bank for the claim of the fund.So,I am soliciting for your help now to come and help us to secure this inheritance as my late father's foreign partner.

Please we need your help to get our fund and leave Cote d'Ivoire and start a new and happy life. As soon as the fund is transfered to you,I will come to your country and if
everthing is ok,I will come back to get my brother out of Cote d'Ivoire,and if its ok for you to also come to Cote d'Ivoire and meet me and my brother and help us here it is also very
nice.We shall discuss your percentage(%)for your effort,input and any expenes you may incure to see this transaction through.

On reciept of your reply to this mail through our private yahoo email address i will send to you the legal document that was given to my father by the bank when he deposited the fund with the bank for your view and the bank contact for your verification.Bye for now and hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards,

NB:Please,remember that any delay in reply will give me room to look for another person for the same purpose.

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