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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: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 19:46:16 +0900 (JST)

From/ Natasha Adams

Dear in christ,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your name and contact from the Ivoirian chamber of commerce and industry. I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to its esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a
reputable and trust worthy person that I can do business with and by the recommendation , I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business .

I am Miss Natasha Adams the only daughter of late Mr.and Mrs.E. Adams.My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip . My mother died when I was a
baby and since then my father took me so special.

Before the death of my father on June 2006 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of ($16.500,000) which he deposited in a suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan cote d' Ivoire That he used my name as his
only daughter for the next of Kin in depositing the money in the account.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his busines associates. That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer the fund into for investment, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways .

(1) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 20 years old.

(2) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country. Moreover,i am willing to offer you commisions of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated
account in your country.

Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded witing a shortest period so that I will come over to your coutry. upon your interest and Anticipating to assist me, look forward to your further word with interest.

Thanks and God bless.

Miss Natasha Adams.

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