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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: "williams suzan" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 09:28:26 +0000
Subject: Dear,


I am Dr Charles Kone the Auditor General of commercial bank in Cote d Ivoire. I am writing following an oppurtunity in my office that will be of imense benefit to both of us.
In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $9.5 million 
United States Dollars (Nine million five hundred thousand United States Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers
Late Mr. Morris Thompson an American who unfortunately lost his life
in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on
January 31,2000, including his wife and only daughter. You shall read
more about the crash on visiting this site.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
next of kin or relatves to come over and claim his money because we
cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or
relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only
daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with
the knowledge of this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon
this discovery that I and two other officials in this department now
decided to make business with you and release the money to you as the
next of kin or beneficiary of the funds for safety keeping and
subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don?t
want this money to go back into Government treasury as unclaimed
The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such money
remained after six years the money will be transferred into banking
treasury as unclaimed funds.
We agreed that 30% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, and 5% will be for
expenses that will occur during the transaction.while the balance will be for me and my colleagues. I will visit your
country for the disbursement according to the percentages indicated
above once this money gets into your account. Please be honest to me
and trust is our watchword in this transaction.
Note this transaction is confidential and risk free. As soon as you
receive this mail you should contact me by return mail.
Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of
these funds to you has been finalised. We will discuss much in details
when I do receive your response.
Please if you are interested in this project contact me on telephone number +225 07949 668 for further directives or via email.

Best regards
Dr Charles Kone B.Sc(Hons)
Auditor General.

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