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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: "mrcandazyoder" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 17:51:50 -0600
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,
I am Mr.Candaz Yoder,Audit and Accounting Director with Bank of Africa here in Cote D'Ivoire.Also Account Manager to late Mr.Andreas Ryan resident here in Cote D'Ivoire who was Manager of European Commission Spornsed Development Projects here in Cote D' Ivoire,herein shall be refered as my client.My client died with his family while on Vacation at Phuket Island in Thailand in December 2004 Asia Earth Quake disaster(TSUNAMI DISASTER) <> /tsunami.Disaster/ On the 6th of January 2005,I recieved a telephone call as his personal Account Manager which broke the tragic news of my client's death in the Tsunami disaster.Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of his extended relatives in his Embassey here in Cote D'Ivoire,this has proved unsuccessful.

After several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to trace his relatives over the internet and all no avail hence I contacted you. I seek your consent and assistance in repartriating the money left behind by my late client before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by our bank where the fund is lodged.The deposit is valued US$15,700,000.00 (FIFTEEN MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY). Two weeks ago,Our bank issued me an ultimatum to present the next-of-kin/relative of the deceased to claim the funds or have the account declared serviceable.

The Board of Directors of our bank adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money within 28 bank working days or forfeit the money and declear it unclaimed bills and channel it to our Government reserve account. The bankers had planned to invoke the abandoned property decree of 1996 to confiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given to me.

I hereby seek your consent to present you to the bank as next-of-kin of the deceased,so that the proceeds of this account valued US$15,700,000.00 can be transferred to you as inheritance,and thereafter you and I will share the money;55% to me and 40% to you, while 5% will be donated to the Tsunami Disaster Charity Fund.

All vital legal transaction documents which shall back your claim of the inheritance from the bank shall be secured in your name establishing the bona fide next of kin beneficiary of the fund. All I require is your honest co-operation and maximum support to enable us see the transaction through.

I guarantee that the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Once i receive your mail indicating your acceptance and interest to assist in this mutual benefiting transaction,I shall detail you how you shall successfully make the claim in your favour.

Awaiting your response.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr.Candaz Yoder.

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