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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: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 22:39:00 +0900 (JST)

Good day to you.
My name is Jenifer M. Bates from Trinidad and Tobago, I am the only daughter of late Mr Michael Bates who was killed in Cote D ivoire Africa where he based as an exporter to our country and he also deals on Gold.
During one of his visit to my country he handed me some documents which he used in depositing the sum of 28.725 million dollars in a bank located in Abidjan Cote Divoire and another which he used in depositing the sum of 18.121 Million in a security company in United kingdom and he used my name as the next of kin to this moneies since I am the only issue he has.

My father married my mother as his legitimate wife unfortunately she died when I was only five so my father was forced to have another wife and since this woman came into my fathers life things has not been easy with me, she treats me as a slave and try as much as possible to elininate me if possible for her as the only child, this pushed my father to keep me away from her to save my life as the only child he has because the woman was unable to produce any for him and to avoid misunderstandings between us.

Why I contacted you was to seek for your urgent assistance to invest this money for me and to bring it out from the bank located in Cote Divoire and security company located in U.K Why I needed your assistance mostly is to enable me proceed from my academics, my father and relation since I was rejected by my father's wife and I have no other person to turn to rather than to seek for an assistance elsewhere. Things has not been easy since I lost my father and I have been managing for the past three years since I lost my father.

If you know that you can be of assistance then let me know so that I can forward my international passport, driving licence, pictures of me, the documents related to the monies.
I will offer you 15% of the total money for assisting me and 5% for any expenses you made while clearing the money from the bank and security company.
I wait for your mail.please try and contact me through my persoanal email address which is < >
God bless.
Mis. Jenifer M. Bates

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