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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: Veronica Nguessan <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 10:45:46 +0000

MY dear, I have just decided to write to you . And I do not intend to disclose this matter to any other person for safety reason. I appologise for the embarrsement this letter may cause you. I am Mrs. Veronica Richard. Nguessan 41 yr. old mother of two, the wife of late Mr. Richard Nguessan from the Takwarade province in the Republic of Ghana, West Africa. I am writing to seek for your confidential assistance to transfer the sum of US $ Nine million dollars in your name to your country, where I wish to relocate. My late husband was a potential Cocoa and agricultural produce merchant based in South-Africa. He was always travelling between Pretoria and Ivory Coast for his business. A week after he came back from Ivory Coast in one of his business trips, he was killed with my first son by unknown assassins. My husband while still in the hospital, after all hope of reviving him failed, disclosed to me that he deposited the sum of USD$9,000,000.00 (Nine Million United States Dollars) in a fixed deposit with a commercial bank in Abidjan-Cote d'Ivoire that the money was meant for his business he wanted to invest in Abidjan-Cote d'Ivoire. That his business friend who knew about the deposited money planned for his death. According to my husband he told me to take care of the money for the sake of his family and business. He instructed me to seek for a foreign business investment partner abroad where we can relocate because of the fear of what his business friends can do to us here . As a result of this we cannot stay in our country again .I have succeeded in re-locating to Abidjan Ivory Coast and I have confirmed the existence of the fund in the bank here in Abidjan -Cote d'Ivoire with the deposit documents he gave to me before his death. With utmost confidence, and because of the political problem in this country now, every foreigner and even the citizens who are on the opposition is afraid of the insecurity in the country. so I am soliciting your assistance to send to me your bank account particulars where this money will be transferred to as my late husband's foreign business partner for joint investment in your country, as this money is now our only hope . Immediately this money gets to your country, I am willing to give you 15% as your commission for assisting me. do contact me on the above email address or immediately for more details. Thank you and God bless. Best regards, Veronica R. Nguessan
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