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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: jossy kasiem <>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 13:25:00 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Jossy Kasiem

From jossy Kasie
Abidjan,Cote d' Ivoire
West Africa.
Email (


I am jossy Kasiem the only dugther of Dr Ben Kasiem Nationality of sierra leone. I am 20 years old, a student. I lost my father years back. He died druring the political crisis in my country. My late father was one of the directors under tijan kabbah government.

My mother is aged she is 62 years now an old woman. We are leaving in cote d'ivoire since past one month. It is my desire to write from my heart hoping that you will not betray us. My father diverted some huge some of money which he deposited with a security company in this country Cote d' Ivoire when he was alife,in fact in a brife my introdution. All the information will be given to you when i hear from you.

The sum of (us$ 25,000,000.00) million dollar. Now we are seeking for a trusted person who will receive this money into his/her country for onward investment.We have decieded to give you 30% of the total sum for your kind assistance.It is my inheritace and my last hope. Show your interest and we proceed on the next i will also send to you all the ducumemt that was given to my late father on the day of deposite.pls i am waitting for your kind reply,my old mother will be very happy to here from you .

Thanks and God bless you.

From Jossy Kasiem
For the Farmily.

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