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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: Joyce Nguessan <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 11:16:56 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From Mrs Joyce Nguessan

Dearest One,

May the Almighty God bless you and your family,please I have a problem and needs your help,I have decided that it good a thing to write you for help.
I have a proposal for you-this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will. I am in a state of delima and your profile pushed me to send you mail and i am very happy that i hear from you, I am mrs joyce nguessan, 35years old and the wife of my late Mr. Passcal nguessan .
My husband was a highly reputable business magnet (a Gold/Cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of my country during his days.

It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in my country during one of his business trips abroad on 12th.Febuary 2004.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been master minded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.
But God knows the truth! Before his death on February 12th Febuary 2004 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of eighteen million, seven hundred thousand United State Dollars. (USD$18.700,000) left in one of the leading security company while he have uncomplete Gold business which worthy amount 1500 kilograms.

He further told him that he deposited the money in my name, and finally issued a written instruction to his uncle whom he said is in possession of all the necessary legal documents to this money and the security company .I 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 my country . The death of my husband actually brought sorrow to my life.
I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to have the following details immediately to enable us have the transaction completed:-

1. Your real name:
2. Your Telephone and Fax number:
3.Your age/Occupation
Please what percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account?,please consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
Thank you so much.
Best regards,
Mrs Joyce Nguessan

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