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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: <g_sand02@yahoo.co.jp>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 05:30:07 +0900 (JST)
Subject: MAIL FROM SANDRINE VERY CONFIDENTIAL / I AWAIT YOUR REPLY TODAY

FROM MISS GAYE SANDRINE
EMAIL:g_sand02@yahoo.co.jp
ABIDJAN COTE D IVOIRE

Dearest Beloved one ,

I am happy to request for your assistance and also to go into business partnership with
you, i believe that you will not betaryed my trust which i am going to lay on you.

I am Miss Gaye Sandrine ,20 years old and the only daughter of my late
parents MR.and MRS SAMUEL GAYE .My father was a highly reputable
busnness magnet-(a cocoa merchant)who operated in the capital of Ivory coast
during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in
France during one of his business trips abroad year 12th.February
2005.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been
masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.

But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 4 years old,
and since then my father took me so special. Before his death on
February 12th 2005 my father 'WILL' to me the sum of Nine million six hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$9.600 000) left in a bank
here in Ivory Coast .

I am just 20 years old and a university undergraduate and really
don't know what to do. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs
as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death
of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. Dear,I am in a sincere
desire of your humble assistance in this regards to move the money to
your country for investment .Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can I completely trust you?
2. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for
you?

Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.

Thank you so much.

My sincere regards,

MISS GAYE SANDRINE



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