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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: sandra dim <sanddy412@yahoo.fr>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 12:12:18 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: PLEASE REPLY ME QUICK


FROM MISS SANDRA DIM
ABIDJAN, REPUBLIC OF COTE-D'IVOIRE
WEST AFRICA

Please reply with this emaim address s_dim06@yahoo.co.uk


I am SANDRA DIM my late father CHIFE .ALFRED DIM was a very rich farmer ,cocoa and coffee producer (based here in Cote d'Ivoire before he was poisoned to death by his business associate.

Recently after his burial I passed by his file when I realized on a certain amount of money US$10.800.000(TEN million, eight hundreds and thousand Dollars) he deposited in a private security company here in Cote d'Ivoire, the instruction was that I should seek for a foreign partner to help me transfer the money to a save and better place for investment,
I am seeking for your help to transfer the money into foreign account for proper investment abroad.

I honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways :
(1) to provide a bank account in which this money will transfer into. (2) to be employed as director of these funds since I am only 22 years old and a student for that matter.
(3)to makes arrangement so that I come in your country to continue my studies. Your comission for your efforts after the transfer in your bank account will be negociate immediately your urgent response.

Please help me immediately as I believe with God all things are possible and we will archive this success. In waiting for your answer please accept my sincere greetings. I would like you to send to me your photography, your complete home address and your telephone number.

Please reply with this emaim address s_dim06@yahoo.co.uk



Thank you and God blesses you,
Yours sincerely
SANDRA DIM

ABIDJAN,IVORY COAST




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