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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: guei johnson <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 May 2007 03:28:31 +0000

Dearest One, Compliment of the season. I am Miss Joyce Guei. The only survived daughter of the family of the assasinated general.Robert Guei. my father was the former president of the Republic of Cote'd'Ivoire,and in the year 2002 the rebels attacked my country and broke into our house and killed everybody including the servants. My mother was killed, my father General Robert Guei was killed also,and the rest of my brothers even the guardians were killed. I survived due to my educational engagement that kept me at the burden school. When i got the information that my father was killed and every body's corpse were exposed by the road side, I attempted killing myself, but a good sister in the same university saved my life. I had come to understand that life is a stage and I am grateful to God that I am still alive to see what my father's enemies will be in future. My father made a deposit of $18 million US Dollars in a security company in Europe,now the money is for me as an inheritance.this money was deposited by my late father, but the Secucrity company didn't know the real content of the box,because it was deposited under a secret arrangement as a family can find on web page Ivory Coast Rebel Uprising Spreads: Now I want to invest the money in your country for the protection of my life, if you can handle such a huge sum of investment, please get back to me as soon as possible to discuss, for example the investment plan and agreement procedure. I will be happy if you can receive this funds and keep it safe I assure you 30% of this funds.I will need your tel/fax numbers so that we can commence communication. I am waiting for your urgent response. Please reply with your business profile. so that i can send it to the Europe and introduce you as my late Father's business partner/ my beneficiary. and for them to contact you and discuss on how the consignment can be release to you. N.B you can reach me via my private email address: ( and remain bless,Gratefully treat as urgent,Miss Joyce N. Guei

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