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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: mary moses <mary_moses20@yahoo.fr>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 11:51:48 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Mary moses


From Mary moses
12 BP 1046 ABIDJAN COTE D IVORIE
West Africa
mary_moses20@yahoo.fr)

Dearest one,


I pray that this email reaches you in the best of health. This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not yet met. The message could be strange but it's real and you will realise this if you paysome attention to it. I want to notify you about it at least for the sake of your integrity.

l am Mary moses the only daughter of late mr and mrs BONI MOSES .My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan here, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, he was poissoned to death by his business associates.

My mother died on the 20th october 1988 and since then my father took me so special because l am motherless.
Before the death of my father on 29th march 2005 in a private hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly called me on his bedside,when I sat down to listen to him, he started crying, why?

(1) he conplained that I am too young to be managing my life,
(2)that I have not finished my university education as he planned for me,
(3)no body to take care of me again as a young girl, but after much crying, he still passed an instruction to me that he has a sum of US$14.500.000. STATES DOLLARS which he deposited in a security company here in abidjan, that he used my name as the only daughter for his next of kin in deposit of the funds. he declared the contents as african arts works the security company doese not know the rely content of the box.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was posisoned by his business associates , that l should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where l will transfer this money and use it for proper investment purpose ,that I must finish my university education by the help of a business partner abroad,that he or she should help me obtain a resident permit in his or her country.

He also gave an out standing instrution to the security company that the box must be transfered for there afficiate office outside this country , this is to make sure that I did not begin to make use of the money here so that his enemies will not get at me.

Dear, I am now ready to do all these since my father my bread winner is no more.

Dear l am honourable seeking your assistance in the
following ways.
( 1) to help me retrive this box.
(2) to serve as my gaurdian in your country while I will depend on your expert advise since l am a girl of 21 years.
( 3 ) to make arrangement for me to come over to your
country in order to further my university education
and to secure a residential permit for me in your country.
Moreover , l am willing to offer you 15% of the
total sum as compensation for your effort /input after
the successfull transfer of this funds to your account
overseas.

Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards
assisting me as l believed that this project would be
concluded within fourteen ( 14 ) days you signify
interest to assist me.and maind you that there is political civil war which going on in my country here,

Hoping to hearing from you soonest.
May God bless you as you extend your helping hand to a needy fellow.
Best wishes
Celina AmahMary Moses Please even if you don't want to assist me. Please keep it confidential for my security.and please reply me through my private email;(mary_moses20@yahoo.fr) )for security reasons.and do not forget to send me your telephone number for eazy comminication.




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