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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: "joygom" <>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 10:06:59 -0800
Subject: From Miss Joy. please help us

From :Miss Joy Gomo
Add:43 rue de angree djibi

Dear Respectful One

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business
relationship with you. I got your contact from the
International web site directory. I prayed over it and
selected your name among other names due to what my mind
told me to me that you are a reputable and trust worthy
person I can expose my ordeal to and do business with. So I
must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and
sincere business.

I am Joy Gomo, the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs George
Gomo My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in
Abidjan,the economic capital of Ivory Coast, before he was
poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their
outing to discus on a business deal.

When my mother died on the 21st October 1996, my father took
me and my little brother special because we are motherless.
Before the death of my father on 30th June 2003 in a private
hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly called me on his
bedside and told me that he has a sum of $12.500.000 (Twelve
Million, five hundred thousand dollars) left in a suspense
account in a local Bank here in Abidjan, that he used my
name as his only Daughter for the next of kin in deposit of
the fund.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth
and some huge amount of money his business associates
supposed to balance him from the deal they had, that he was
poisoned by his business associates, that I should seek for
a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice
where I will transfer this money and use it for investment
purpose, (such as real estate management).

Please, we are honourably seeking your assistance in the
following ways.

1) To receive the money for us in your account by providing
a Bank account where this money would be transferred to.

2) To serve as the guardian of this since I am a girl of 19
years and I do not have business experience.

3) To help me and my little brother come over to your
country as soon as the money is transferred to your account
so that we will continue our education and a new life.

Moreover please, we willing to offer you 10% of the sum as
compensation for effort input after the successful transfer
of this fund to your designate account overseas.
Anticipating to hear from you quick plesae. please reply me
in so that I will receive your reply in

Thanks and God Bless.
yours faithfully
Miss Joy Gomo.

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