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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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Fraud email example:

From: Glades Kala <gladeskala08@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 04:45:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dearest one


Dearest One,

My name is Miss glades Kala the only daughter of late Mr/Mrs George Kala. My father and mother were very wealthy farmers and cocoa merchant when they were both alive. After the death of my mother, long ago, my father was controlling their business untill he was poisoned by his business associates which he suffered and died.

Before the death of my father on September 2005 in a private hospital here in Abidjan where he was admitted, He secretly called me his bed side and disclosed to me about the sum of seven million two hundred thousand US dollars . USD ($7.2million ) he left in suspense account in one of the bank here in Abidjan , it was the money he intended to transfer overseas for investment before he was poisoned.

He also instructed me that I should seek for a foreign partner in any country of my choice who will assist me transfer this money in overseas account where the money will be save and invested wisely.

Because of the current political problem here in Ivory Coast I decided to transfer the money to abroad where it will be save and invested. therefore, I am crying and seeking for your kind assistance in the following ways:

(1) To provide a safe bank account into where the money will be transferred for investment.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am a girl of 20 years old.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit for me in your country

I have plans to do investment in your country, like real estate and industrial production. This is my reason for writing to you. Please if you are willing to assist me i will offer you 25% of the total money

As soon as I receive your urgent reply indicating your interest to assist me to successfully transfer the money into your nominated account,Then we shall move into the transfer process as i will be giving you the bank contact where my late father deposited the money.

For the confidentiality of this transaction please strictly reply me through my mail.

Best regard,
Miss Glades Kala.



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