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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: kouadio benson <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 06:53:09 +0000
Subject: To your Attention,

To your Attention,

I am very sorry for contacting you in this way, knowing fully that both of us haven’t met before. As a matter of fact and urgency I choose to contact you as to know if you can be of help to this proposal I will make before you now. I am Dr Benson Kouadio a legal Adviser by profession.

There is this sum of US$6.5 million (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand USA Dollars) deposited with a metalic box as family valuable in a Security company here in Abidjan Cote D' Ivoire .I need your assistance to transfer this money out from the company to a saver account.

Mr Moris Thompson who was the president and chief executive officer of Doyon Ltd, from United State is the depositor and he deposited it there for security reason. He died along with his wife Thelma and daughter Sheryl Thompson in a plane crash.

As his legal adviser, I have all the informations concerning the deposit which will give you legal access to claim the money as the next of kin to Mr Moris.The Security Company will be ready to transfer the money to you as the next of kin with vital documents prove we will have to optain and if you will really follow my instructions.

I cannot do the transfer myself because of my position to Mr Moris that is why I need someone to do it for me. You shall have 40% of the money while I keep 60% and both of us shall shear the expenditure for the transfer procedures.I would love that, you come down here to Ivorycoast so that we can both handle things from here if you can be able to travel down here.

What I need from you now is a straight response, YES OR NO. Are you willing and ready to assist? If your response is yes, then you will have to send me your details information’s when replying me this email.
Send your reply to my alternative email


I will let you know what to do next when you comply with these details. Thank you for your understanding.

Best wishes,

Dr Benson.
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