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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: juliette kouauo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 11:23:08 +0000
Subject: From: Juliette Kouaou

From: Juliette Kouaou Cocody,Abidjan. Ivory Coast.

I am Juliette kouaou the only daughter of late Dr Kouaou Daniel of blessed memory, who was the Director General of the Cocoa Export Corporation(C.E.C.) of Ivory Coast and was killed by rebel forces here in Ivory Coast few years ago.

As the only daughter of my late father before his death he informed me of the sum of US$3,000,000.00 (Three) million US dollars) deposited in a 1 trunk box in my name as next of kin as containing family valuables money so I am contacting you to seek your good ssistance to assist me release box from the Security Company and invest the money belonging to my late father which is deposited in a Security Company in Abidjan.

That I should pray and find a trustworthy foreign business partner who would help me to invest this money in profitable business venture overseas.

You shall also search for good investment, so that I will invest the money wisely.I have agreed to give you 15% of the total sum and 5% mapped out for expenses. Immediately you receive this message for more information to enable meproceed in earnest towards concluding all arrangements with the Security Company the fund. No other person knows about this money only you.

Awaiting your most urgent response.
Thanks for your co-operation and remain blessed.
Best Regards,Miss Juliette Kouaou.
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