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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: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 20:54:51 +0900 (JST)
Subject: urgent request

Abidjan,Cote d'ivoire
West africa.

Dearest One,

Good day to you, I hope that all is well with you, Thanks be to God. May God bless you as you listern to me, I believe and hope that this mail will finds you in good health and faith.

With due respect, trust and humanity, I write this letter to you seeking your help and assistance, though it is difficult since we have not met before In Abidjan regarding this business, My going through your profile and sincerity, I beleive that you are capable and reliable in handling this urgent international transaction of this sorft.

I am Miss Joyce Emile Boga, The daugther of Professor Emile Boga Doudou, Former interior minister and a great politician in cote d' ivoire political arena. Because of my father's sincerity, He was killed on the 19th of september 2002 by unknown soldiers in his residential house during the coup plot in cote d' ivoire. See BBC news for more information about my late father's death.(

Before the death in 2002 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of US$16.300,000.00 (sixteen million Three hundred thousand U.S dollars) deposited in fixed / suspense account in a bank here in Abidjan ,that he used my name as his only daugther as the next of Kin to the fund.

Are you ready to help me with the transfering of this money overseas?.

I want to assure you that this transaction is 100 % risk free because no other person knows about this money apart from the bank, you and I.

I am planing to invest this money into a real estate management and buying of properties under your guidiance and control. What do you say about this? Do you have an idea of this or any other one that can be profitable in your area. If you are willing to help me try as much as possible to reach me through this email to enable us proceed in earnest towards concluding of this transaction.

My dear, bear in mind that my life now and my future depends on this money because i have lost my parents and no body here to help me. Tell me if you can help me but please if you know that you can not help me don't worry, Just respond to me with your intention so that i will know what to do but do not disclose it to any body here because i do not know who is who.

I do hope of establishing a rewarding and good relationship with you and your family after this transaction hoping to hear from you as soon as possible.

I am 22 years old, single and also a christain but I was ment to understand that a woman has no religion untill she is under a man or family. I promised to abide to any religion you and your family are into

How i wish that you can fly down here so that you will see every thing with your eye because i believe that seeing is believing but if only you will trust me or give me the benefit of doubt so that the end will determine the truth.

Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within four (4) days you signify interest to assist me.

Thanks and remain blessed.

Best regard


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