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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: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 22:28:50 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Traore Silla

From Miss Traore Silla
From Ivory Coast

Hello My Dear One ,
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die on day With due respect and with GOD all thing shall possible that is why I call for help to please Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you.

I got your contact from foreign trade bussiness chember. I prayed 7 days prayer over it and selected your name among other names due to its esteeming nature and there commendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person that I can do business with and by the recommendation , I must
not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere clean business 100% risk free assurance and I will like you to know that all neccesery arrengement have been ready.

I am Yapi colette. the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs . decot Silla was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip .

My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on January 2006 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of ten million,five hundred thousand United State
Dollars.US$10,500,000 left in fixed /suspense account in one of the prime bank 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 management or hotel management
and I wil like you to know that before I contacted you I have been introduce you to the bank director where my late father deposited the my money before he died and the bank director told me that they are ready to transfer this money directly to your account as a new beneficiary of this money.

then I will like you to get back to me intime so that I can give you the contact of the bank where my latefatehr deposited deposite the money for you to spoke to the director so that we can proceed imediately and I wil like yout o get back to me imediately you receieve this mail so that we can
settle this matter amicably and I will be waiting to hear from you in my hotel where I lodge my self becuase those bussiness association people that kill my father they are looking for me to kill me so that they can claim this money, so I will like you to please get back to me imediately so that
we can proceed.

I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways, so that I can go and summited it to the bank for imediately procedure.

(1) To provide a bank account in which this money
would be transferred into.

(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am
only 22 years old.

(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas.

All the necessary arrangement has been made at the bank where my late father deposited this fund and the DIRECTOR of the bank told me that as soon as an account of my choice is forwarded to their bank that they will transfer this fund to my destination.

Please RING me immediate you received this mail for us to proceed in this transaction which I beleived that you shall call me for good news that you have comfirm my money in an account which you will provide. Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this
transaction wouldbe concluded within seven (7) days you signify interest to assist me.

So thank you for your understandinga nd my GOD be with you till the day we are going to see face to face in your country and I will like you to always pray for me as orphan like me who have lost is parent.

Thanks and God bless you.

Best regards,



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