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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: miracle komo <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 19:37:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Please urgently responed,if you are serious to help me out for this assistance.

From Miracle Komo;
01 Avenue 30 Rue 105n
Treichville Abidjan 01,
Ivory coast.

Contact Informations :
Telephone number : +22508010113
Email address :

Dear loved good one,

Please,Permit me to inform you of my mind, Because I have make up my mind to write to you this way. however,i am pleading you,to reply me urgently,so that we can start this transactions,immediately.I contacted you after so many fasting and prayers.i checked ur mesage details and i didn't hesitate to contact you due to it's esteeming nature and me showing interest that i want my late father's money transfered into your nominated bank account,in your country.please read attentively and kindly contact me for more details!.via:

My name is Miracle Komo,I am 22 years old now, i was born on the march, the family of Komo and my late father name is Joseph he is a very wealthy gold and cocoa merchant who based in ACCRA and ABIDJAN respectively and my mothers name is mariam.and I am there only child.My mother died when i was a kid and since then,my father took me so special because i am motherless and his only dauther and also he shower all his love on me and promised me that he will never have another woman because he did not want me to for any problem,but has fate,my father was dead,recently this year.He was poisoned to death by his blood brother,who happened to be my uncle.

But before the sudden death of my father recently,in a private hospital here in Abidjan,he called me secretly to his bed side and told me that he kept a sum of US$10.500,000.00 (ten million five hundred thousand united states dollars in a bank here in my country,Abidjan,Cote D'ivoire.meanwhile that he used my name as the next of kin in deposit of the funds.

He also explained to me that,it was because of this money that he was poisoned by his brother,who happened to be my uncle and that i should seek for foreign partner in a country of my choice where i would transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, such as; real estate investment or stock market investment.

Please honey, i am honourably soliciting for your kind and urgent assistance in the following ways :

1) To provide a bank account where this money will be transfered into.
2) To serve as the guardian of these fund,since i am 22 years old.
3)To make arrangement for me in your country to continue my educational career and to procure to me a residential permit in your country.

I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of compensation for your effort after the successful transfering of these fund into your nominated bank account overseas.Please i will be very happy if this transaction will be concluded within three (3) working days from now.Please you have to understand me,Even rightnow as i am writting you this message,tears are running out of my need to understand how i feel and how much i miss my late parents and most of all,my loving and caring father.i am tired of staying here in my country for my own security and safety reasons and i want you,to help me and transfer this my late father's total fund into your nominated bank account in your country,for investment purposes.

Anyway,Let me stop here for my security reason anticipating to hear urgently from you soon,Good one, i am seriously fasting and praying now,before writting you this letter,because, this money here is what is left on me and my life and also my last hope of survival,so please promise me,you will never hurt me in anyway.I pray you understand what i mean,because if anything happened to this money deposited in the bank,Honestly,i will beg for the rest of my life. so please try and help me out.ok.

I am expecting to hear from you as soon as possible.

May Almighty God bless you as you do care for me"Amen".

With my best regard,

Miracle Komo

N.B, please contact me through my private email address for more details; ; Please for God's sake,Contact me immediately now as soon as you finish reading this message,or call me at: +22508010113,ok.Bye for now.

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