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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: "Kate Kuba" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 05:54:42 -0800
Subject: From Miss Kate Kuba

From Miss Kate Kuba
39 Le Sheik Rd Abidjan
Abidjan Cote d'ivoire

Dearest One,

After carefully reading and considering your profile, I wish to apeal for
your help, I hope you're fine, my name is Miss Kate Kuba, the only
daughter of Mr and Mrs Coulibaly Kuba, I'm 19 Years old, I'm unmarried
without kids. Unfortuantely, life is not that so good on my side.
My sufferings and ordeals began after my uncle masterminded the killing and
mysterious disappearance of my father in his business visit to France . This
painful lose of my father traumatises me everyday, because I'm living in
difficulty. All the assets of my father has been taken away by my uncles,
due to the fact that I'm not able to carry out any actions against them
because my life is largely treatened. Before the death of my father, I was
a student reading chemical engineering at the university and could not
complete this program due to these problems.

One important thing I would like to tell you is about my father deposit in a
security company, before his death he deposited a Metalic trunk box
containing (4,700,000Million United States Dollars ), in Security company
by Abn-Amro bank subsidiaries which he disguised and declared the box to
contain family
valuables instead of money, by this way the company does not know the true
content of the box. I have in my possesion the deposit document which the
company gave to my late father when he deposited the box with the security
company. I really don't know what to do. This is because I have suffered a
lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in cote
The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I am in a sincere
desire of your assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will
be highly regarded.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can you honestly and willingly help me?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you
after the money is in your country?
4. Can you stand in as my father's foriegn partner to claim the box from the

If you decide to positively help me, I will send you the deposit document
and the informations to contact the security company for information about
the box Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Thank
you so much and God bless you.

Kind regards,
Miss Kate kuba.

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