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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: mrs mary mrs mary <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 15:33:16 +0200
Subject: From Mrs Mary

From Mrs Mary Dear Sir, I am Mrs. Mary Clement from Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. I am a widow being, I lost my husband few years ago. My husband was a serving director of the Cocoa exporting board until his death .He was assassinated by the rebels following the political uprising here in Cote d’Ivoire. Before his death he had an account in one the bank here with a tune of $9.5M, which he told the bank, was for the importation of cocoa processing machine. I want you to do me a favour to provide to me your banking particulars to receive this money to a safe account in your country or any safer place as the beneficiary.and i will give you 15% out of the total sum as your own pesentage. I have plans to invest this money into business in your country under you. This is my reason of writing to you if you will be of interests to assist me, I will be very grateful as you indicating your interests by replying soonest with your information such as,
1 Full names,2 private phone number,3 current residential address, 4 Occupationn,5 Age and Proffession,
My regards to your family. Yours sincerely, Mrs. Mary clement and son Solomon
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