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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: "mamokuena kossuim" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 14:45:52 +0000
Subject: Greetings from Mrs.Mamokuena kossui.

Greetings from Mrs.Mamokuena kossui.
PLOT 23 Felix Avenue
Abidjan -Cote d.Ivoire


It is my pleasure to contact you for a business
venture which I and my Son,intend to establish in your country. Though I
have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in
someone to
succeed sometimes in life. There is this amount of
$27.Million United States Dollar United State Dollars.
(USD$27.000,000) which my late Husband deposited with a security company in
Abidjan Capital city of Cote D'Ivoire which he wanted to used for his
political reason in our Country before he was assassinated.

Now I and my son have decided to invest these money
in your country or any wheresafe enough outside Africa for security and
political reasons. We want you to help us claim and receive the consignment
which will be sent to you through diplomatic means to your address to avoid
any traces of the funds and to enable you plan for the investment in your
Country: I will like to invest part of the money into these three investment
in your Country but, if there is any other business that is better than what
I am suggestion, I will be very glad to follow your advice.
1). Real estate
2). The transport industry
3). Five star hotel
If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer to you 20%
Of the total fund while the balance will be invested by you.
I await your soonest response.

Respectfully yours,
Mrs .Mamokuena kossui.

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