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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: "Marcel Kanda" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 04:04:33 +0000
Subject: please reply me

Dearest One

Warm greetings from Marcel Kanda, son of late Engineer Jonathan Kanda. It is
my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to
establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I
believe, one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.

my Mother died earlier in 1998 so my father took me so special being his
only children but since the death of my father, his brothers and sister has
chased me out of our family house and denied me access to my father's
estates and other properties.

My late father was a chief protocol officer to Late Robert guei, former
military President of cote d' ivoire ( IVORY COAST, WEST AFRICA) before his
mysterious death during the crisis in Republic of Cote D'ivoire in 2002.
Before the death of my father in a private hospital here in Abidjan, the
capital city of cote d ivoire he called me and told me that he has the sum
of twenty eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand US dollars (US$28,500,000)
left in a fixed/suspense account in one of the prime banks here in Abidjan
with my name as next of kin. he asked me to find a God fearing Foreign
business partner to help me transfer this money and use it in investment
purpose such as real estate management or hotel management.

I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
1) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 19 years old.
2)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to continue
my education and to secure a resident permit for me in your country.

I am prepared to negotiate with you regarding your percentage commission for
assisting me.

Thanks and looking forward to your kind assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Marcel Kanda.

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