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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: "alice lacson" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 17:15:32 +0200
Subject: From: MisS ALICE LACSON

Compliment of the day, I'm MisS ALICE LACSON from sierra-Leone. I picked
interest on you after glancing through your short profile; I deemed it
necessary to disclose this important issue. I lost my father during the
rebel attacked in 2004.Before his death, he had an account with a bank here
in Cote d'Ivoire, where he made a deposit of US$10.5 Millions Dollars. This
money was for the purchase of cocoa procession machines and development of
another factory, unfortunately he did not meet his target before his
untimely death.
Why I contacted you, due to the agreement he had with the bank during
deposit, I've been denied total access to the money, the bank Manager told
me precisely that the money was deposited in a suspense fixed account with a
clause attached to it for onward transfer into a foreign account.
That the bank will follow the agreement written and signed by both (the bank
and my father). I was advised to look for a foreign account where the money
can be transferred before I can have access to it.
Since security here cannot be guaranteed besides, I've lost my father, I
hereby ask you to do me a favour by standing as my late father foreign
business partner and the beneficiary of the money to enable the bank effect
the transfer into your account. I have plans to invest this money in
continuation with the investment vision of my late father, but not in this
place again rather in your country. I have the vision of going into real
estate and industrial production, please if you are willing to assist me and
my only brother kenneth, indicate your interest in replying soonest.
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation,
Yours Sincerely,
MisS ALICE & kenneth

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