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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: amal ling <aimalingravois96@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <aimalingravois@yahoo.fr>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 19:49:28 +0200
Subject: Dearest One,



Dearest One, Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I am quite aware that my message will come to you as a surprise because it is indeed very strange for someone you have not met before to contact you in this regard.I am Miss Aiméé Aliné Gravois the only daughter of late Mr and Mrs LAMBERT Gravois. It is sad to say that my father passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips Abroad year 12th.Feb. 2004.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been master-minded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.But God knows the truth!My mother died when I was just 4 years old,and since then my father took me so special.Before his death on Febuary 12 2004 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told her that he had a sum of this money is USD 9.5 million American Dollars and the money is in a bank here in Abidjan the capital city. left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime banks here in Abidjan,that he used my name as his only daughter for the Next of Kin in depositing 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 or hotel management.I want you to assist me in clearing this fund into your account overseas as a beneficiary of the fund,and also use it for an ivestment purpose. I am just 20years old and high school certificate holder,really don't know what to do.Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. Dearest one,I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded,so that I will know I'm going to come over to your country since the bank made me to understand that they can be able to make the transfer to any country of my choice.Now permit me to ask these few questions:- 1. Can you honestly help me as your daughter or as wife? 2. Can I completely trust you? 3.To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 20years.4. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account? 5.To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and also to secure a resident permit in your country.Besides, I'm corresponding with you from my country here in Cote D'Ivoire, West Africa and moreso there is great political war going on here in my country, that is the main reason why I contacted you to help me in getting me and my only inheritance out of this country so that I may not lose my life and the inheritance to war in this country, infact I'm facing difficulty at the moment in this country.Furthermore,Dear please indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within seven (7)days you signify your interest to assist me. Anticipating to hear from you urgently. Please,consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Thanks and God bless.My sincere regards,Aiméé Aliné Gravoisaimalingravois@yahoo.fr
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