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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: "Mss.Faith Sango." <faithsango10@yahoo.ca> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2006 13:40:27 +0200
Subject: From Faith Sango.

From Faith Sango.
Avenue 16 Rue 13
Treichville Abidjan
Ivory coast
please reply to my private id EMAIL (faithsango10@yahoo.ca)

Please Permit me to inform you of my mind, Because I have make up
my mind to write to you this way. however is not mandatory nor will
I in any manner compel you to honour against your will in my earnest search for a reliable individual who can assist me to make this transaction a reality after going through your profile i decided to contact you to help me out of my problem.With my believe in God that you will never let me down.

I am a 22 years old lady now, i was born on the 1of january 1984 to
the family of Sango.and my father name is Joseph he is a very
wealthy gold and cocoa merchant who based in ACCRA and ABIDJAN
respectively, and my mothers name is Sheila.and I am there only
child.well when i was a kid i went to a private schools and things
were going on well for me and my parents my mother died on the 21ST october 1994 , My father took me so special because i am motherless. and he shower all his love on me and promised me that he will never have another woman because he did not want me for any problem.but has fate his my father got dead last year.but before the death of my father on the
12th june 2005 in a private hospital here in Abidjan , he
called me secretly to his bed side and told me that he kept a sumof $6.500 000 six, million five hundred thousand united states dollars)
in a bank in Abidjan Cote D'ivoire. meanwhile that he used my name as the next of kin in deposit of the fund.He also explained to me that it was because of this money he was poisoned by his business partner and that i should seek for foreign partner in a country of my choice where i would transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, such as;real estate investment or stock
market investment. Plesae, i am honourably soliciting your
kind assistance as follows.
1) To provide a bank account where this money will be transfered into.
2) To serve as the guardian of these fund ,since i am 22yearsold.
3)To make arrangement for me in your country to continue my
educational career and to procure me a residential permit in your
country.

I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of
compensation for your effort after the successful transfering of
these fund to your nominated account overseas.Please i will be very
happy if this transaction will be concluded with in seven (7)
working days from now.I am expecting to hear from you as soon as
possible.please reply to my private id EMAIL (faithsango10@yahoo.ca) May Almighty God bless you as you do care for me Amen.
Best regard
Faith Sango


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