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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: mary deca <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 20:08:38 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: dearest one

Dearest One,

I am the first duaghter of an ex military/ex president been an opposition party to the present Government of COTE D`IVOIRE. On the December 4th 2004 my father/mother including every members of our family was murdered by the unknown REBELS during the time they attack our house by shooting and looting, even this is one of the things that contributed to the present crisis in our country today.

I was not in town when the incident occurred, the plans of the REBELS is to kill every members of our family so that no one will rise up to revenge as time goes on. I am in our country without any one knowing although I am on hiding so that the unknown REBELS will not get to me and kill me like
they killed all the members of our family.

Before this incident, My late had the sum 6.5mUSD inside a metalic truunk box. He deposited the bow under custody of a SECURITY ASSISTANCE COMPANY,here in Abidjan,he deposited the box as a family treasure containing AFRICAN ART WORK FOR EXPORT for security reasons, as security company does not operate as bank where some one can deposit his/her money openly.

Before the death of my father he gave me the covering documents of the box deposited in the security company, as I am his first duaghter and he so much loved me that was why he made me the beneficiary of the metalic trunk box containing the $6.5mUSD. Right now I wish to send the box of the moeny to you so that you will assist me to invest the money into any valuable sector in your country, also you will help me to join you in your country for me to start up a new life with you there immediately the box gets under your control.

I made this decission simply because i'm no longer safe as far as Africa is concern at the moment, I wanted the box shipped to your destination before leaving the country because this money is my life and the only hope I have in future.
I your response to this message, I would like to have more information about you such as your private telephone number, home address your full name and your type of work. Thanks very much for your concern.
Awaiting to here from you.


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