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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: alima fatula <alima_fatula5@yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To: inforafricdevbktog@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 18:32:26 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Miss A.fatula


Dearest Sir/Madam,

Please pardon me if my mail has startled you, since we
don't know each other. However, I am compelled to
deliver this offer to you, to seek your assistance on a
profitable business opportunity that requires a foreign
reliable partner for it to succeed.

I had been a female Medical student of the University of cocody in
Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West Africa. But the political crises
in my country had forced me to withdraw for now.

Few years ago, the Rebells in my country struck our
town and killed my parents in one
of their attacks. My late Father, Fredinald fatula being a
highly reputable doctor and politican in my country was a prime target.
Fortunately for me, I was in school in Abidjan when the attack took place.
However, my life is still in danger!

Before his death he had a foreign account here in Côte
d'Ivoire up to the sum of $4.5m which he had earlier
confided in me was for the establishment of a medical
establishment oversees, as stated in his will.

In my father's will, he specifically made it clear
THAT I CAN ONLY INHERIT THE MONEY IF IT IS SPECIFICALLY
USED FOR THE PURPOSE HE INTENDED FOR IT TO BE USED! And
that is to establish a medical institute in a foreign
country, with the kind assistance of a foreign medical
doctor, or a reliable businessman/woman, clergyman, or
philantropist. He wanted me to practice out of my country
because of the unpredictable and seroius potitical crises.

Accordingly, I intend to invest in your country
in the direction that my father had indicated
before his death. This is my reason for writing to you.
If you are willing to assist me please indicate your
interest.
OUR PECENTAGE SHARING WOULD BE: *75% FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT
OF THE HOSPITAL ABROAD *20% FOR YOUR SERVICES
*5% FOR INTERNATIONAL / LOCAL EXPENCES INCURED
And if you have any question, I will be too willing to
answer it.

Please treat as confidential! Hoping to hear from you
soonest.

Thanks and best regards.
Miss A.fatula

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