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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: toure gambo <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 10:32:50 -0500 (EST)

15 RUE12

Greetings as you go through the dept of this email designed to inform you of my desire to go into business relationship with you which will in turn be of a great mutual benefit to both of us although I selected your email address among others because of it's esteeming nature while surfing the internet.

I am TOURE GAMBO. the only child of late Mr. and Mrs.DIALLO .GAMBO my parents were very wealthy cocoa merchant based in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory coast before they were both poisoned to death by my father's brothers while on a family meeting in the village. However, before my father gave up to the ghost on the 24th of Dec.2001 in a private hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly waved me to his bedside and whispered in my ear that he deposited the sum of TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS (USD$12,000.000) in one metallic
trunk box into an Abidjan base security company under the coverage of family valuables using my name as the next of kin.

He also made me to understand that his brothers were responsible for his death and instructed me to look for a foreigner who will help me transfer this fund and invest it wisely abroad and to prove it all, six month after my parents death his brothers sold all his properties including our family house and now seeking to kill me too.

Dear, I am honorably seeking for your assistance to help me sign-out the boxes from the security company and transfer this funds to your country possibly through your account if we can reach a compromise because you will stand as the guardian to this funds while I further my education in your country.

I look forward to hear from you soonest,
Thanks and God bless you and your family,

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