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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: <marvind012005@yahoo.co.jp>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 05:10:41 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From : Marvin Douglas !!!! Please get back to me immediately


APPEAL FOR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.
Att: Director/Ceo
Dear,

With due respect and with GOD all thing are possible that is why I call for help to please Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere clean business.

I am Marvin Douglas the only son of late Mr EMMANUEL DOUGLAS, My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to dearth by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip.

My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on January 2006 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of seven million, five hundred thousand United State
Dollars. USD(7.5m) left in fixed /suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan ,that he used my name as his only son for the next of Kin in positing of the fund.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel
management.

I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:

(1) To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred into.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 19 years old.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas.
Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within seven (7) days you signify interest to assist me.

Please call me immediatly you receive this my message for futher informations and important oral discussions. My direct telephone number is : +225-0851 7841.

Anticipating to hear from you today.
Thanks and God bless you.
Best regards,
Marvin Douglas.

Please I want you to know that all the doucment regarding to this transaction is with at the bank, Immediately you respond to me back I will tell the bank director to change name all the doucment to this transaction to your name so that it's can enable them to make the transfer of this money
into your account which you will provide to the bank, I wait to hear from you thanks.





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