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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: michelle kouassi <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2007 17:26:48 +0200

Good Day & may the blessings of the most high God be with you, My name is Miss Michelle kouassi an ivorien citizen,the only daughter to the late Mr williams kouassi, i lost my mother when i was 4yrs during her childs birth,He was asassinated last January by unknown gunmen during their annual general meeting in france.Before his death he had a foreign account here in Côte d'Ivoire where he made a deposit of [US$15.5 Million Dollars] which he deposited for the purchase of cocoa processing machine & development of another factory, Being that this part of the world experiences political crises time without number,there is no guarantee of lives and property,I am not safe investing this money here any longer, despite it has been my late father's industrial plans,I want you to do me a favour to receive this funds to a safer account in your country or any safer place as the beneficiary, I have plans to invest this money in continuation with the investment vision of my late father in your country,I have the vision of going into real estate and industrial production,This is my reason for contacting you,Consider my situation as a small girl and come to my rescue,
Please if you are willing to assist me I will like you to send to me your 1. Your full name, contact postal address2. Your phone and fax numbers.3. Occupation. Once i confirm this I will be submitting it offically to the bank as my late father's foriegn business partner so that they bank will transfer this money into your account.please indicate your interest in replying soonest. Thanks and best regards.Yours,Miss michelle kouassi
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