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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: From
Reply-To: miss_celina_doudou@yahoo.com.ar
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 17:23:27 +0400
Subject: From:Miss Celina Doudou


From : Miss Celina Doudou
Abidjan Cote d' Ivoire West Africa.
Tel+ 0022507924282
For logistic reason contact me on e.
mail: miss_celina_doudou@yahoo.com.ar
Attention: Respectful
Greetings and How are you today.
I am Celina Doudou.I would like you to Please permit me to apply through this medium for your co-operation and to secure an opportunity to invest and do joint relationship and business establishment with you in your country.
I have a substantial capital I which honourably Inherited from my late father Chief Emile Boga Doudou who was minister of Interior and also deals in Cocao and Coffee plantation with Gold, Diamond Mining and Trading in bouake Northern District of Coted' Ivoire.
Before the Epmigo Rebels killed Him on the first day this poltical crises started on the September 19,2002 mutiny that equally lead to the death of former military junta Robert Guei. This you can find on web page report on.CNN.com - Ivory Coast Rebel Uprising Spreads http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/africa/09/21/ivory/index.html
I am contacting on you because of my need to deal with person whom I can lay trust and personal confidence on with hope that he will not let me down. Because since the murder of my father,I have been subjected to all sorts of harassment and intimidation with lots of negative reports emanating from the Rebels which have resulted to war in our country Cote d' Ivoire in West Africa since this past years.
I intend to invest this fund in profitable areas in your country into a very lucratives business venture of which you are to advise and execute the said venture over there for the mutual benefits of both of us.
Most especially is for you to help me come over to your base if possible for You be able co-operate with me to become my business partner in your country and create ideas on how money will be invested, properly managed and the type of investment after the money is transferred to your custody with your assistance.
I inherited this sum from my late father whom the rebels killed because he was not supporting their selfish interest to topple the president Gbagbo the present president of Cote d Ivoire in West Africa.
Meanwhile, on indication of your willingness to handle this transaction sincerely by protecting my
Interests and upon your acceptance of this proposal.I will furnish you with the full details information, procedure on how to continue.
The exact amount involve is the sum of Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Five USD ($9.500.000.00)USD If you accept to associate with me.Both of us shall mutually agree on your percentage interest and share holding for helping me to secure the release of the deposit and investing the money into lucratives profitable venture in your care.
I shall be glad to reserve this respect and opportunity for you, if you so desire.
But I do urge you to give this matter your immediate attention and the maximum seriouness it deserves for the smooth achievement of the aim.I want you to be rest assured that everything is in order and legitimate it was due to the political crises in our country that have resulted to war in some part of our region which have cause everybody to find a way of geting out from the country,for this reason I use this medium to request for your assistance with hope that you will not let down the confidence I have already reposed on you.
This money is legitimately acquired by my late father from sales of Cocoa and Coffee and Diamond dealings.
If it interests you, Please forward your reply including your telephone number and fax to my private email address so that I can provide you with more clarifications and detail about it all.
Looking forward to your prompt response on e.
mail:miss_celina_doudou@yahoo.com.ar
Thanks for your understanding and future cooperations.
Sincerely
Celina Doudou
Abidjan Cote d' Ivoire

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