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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: michael didier <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:47:11 +0100
Subject: Message From Michael Didier.

Mr.Michael Didier.Cote d'Ivoire,

My dear,
I am Mr Michael Didier,the bill of exchange manager in one of the Commercial banks here in Cote D' Ivoire. I have a very confidential and urgent finacial notification for you.
A floating sum of US$7,700,000.00 (Seven Million Seven Hundred Thousend Dollars) belonging to a deceased customer with the name has been noticed unclaimed in our audit archive. The deceased name is late Mr Hopcraft Lawrence an American Citizen who worked and lived here as an Engineer while alive. As one of the key officers in the bank,I need to disclose this to you and most importantly, the fund will be forefitted to the bank treasury as unclaimed bills in accordance with our bank policy ( 5 Years) unless urgent arrangement is made to claim it.I want this money to be paid into your account for us to share,60% for me while 40% for your kind assistance. All I need from you is unity of purpose,sense of purpose, honesty and transparency, you will promise me that you will not run away with this money. I have made all verification and perfected arrangement for a clean and successful execution of the transaction within few days of commencement. So,there is no risk involved. I require you treat this letter with the utmost urgency.
Please contact me with this e-mail adderss
Best Regards,Mr Michael Didier.
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