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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: "David Umuokwe" <umudav_40@walla.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: umudav_41@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 12:07:32 +0100
Subject: Investment Assitance

My Greetings to you,

Good day hope fine,dear am writting this mail with due respect and
heartful
of tears since we have not known or met ourselves before I am asking
for
your assistance,i will be very glad if you can render me assistance to
my
situation now.
I would like to use this opportunity to introduce my self to you. I am
Mr.
David Umuokwe, from Cote D'Ivoire, the only Son of Late Dr. Felix
Umuokwe,
my father is sousesfly farmer and busniess man in our Country. My
father
also deals in COCO and he have a very big farm of COCO.
My father, mother and one of sister was killed by assinators by his
business partner in high way along airport road when they coming back
from
oversea ,while me and my younger Rita was in school then. The main
reason
why I am contacting you now is to seek for your assitance in the area
of
future investment and also my father lift some huge amount of money for
us,
which i will like you to help us and invested in your country.
This money is Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars which
was
deposited some years ago by my late father, he made me the sole
beneficiary/next of kin to the money. I am now asking you to stand on
my
behalf to make this claim for the finance company, I am a young boy and
too
young in age i can't handle this can of transaction, i want you to
stand as
my foreign partner oversea and also to help me investment the money.
I will give you details about the deposit as you respond to my request.
I
have all original copies of the documents concerning this money with me
here, So please am expecting to hear from you soon.
For Your Kind Assistance We Have Agreed To Offer You
20% Of The Total Sum. Seriously Waiting For Your Urgent Reply.
You Full Address Contact and other things. Here is our alternative
email
umudav_43@yahoo.com
Name............................................
MailingAddress..................................
Age:.........................................
Status:..................................................
Country....................................
Tele/Fax Numbers...............................
Thanks

Yours Truly,

David Umuokwe


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