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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: thomson tapi <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 17:16:29 +0200
Subject: From Dr. Thomson Tapi.

From Dr. Thomson Tapi.Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire Dearest One, My name is Dr. Thomson Tapi, a nationality of Ivory Coast and retired Director Ministry of Health. I am married to late Mrs. Stephanie Thomson Tapi who worked with France Embassy in Ivory Coast (my country) for 12 years as an accountant before she died in the year October 2003. We were married for twenty years with a daughter. She died after an illness that lasted for only four days. When my wife was alive we deposited the sum of $10.5Million (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars) with one of good bank here in Cote d'Ivoire as a joint account. The purpose of this hug sum with the bank is for building a hospital of our own after our
retirement from government work. Presently, this money is still with the bank. Recently I discovered that I would not last for the next five months due to my cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is stroke that I am having. Having known my condition I decided to transfer out this fund to organization or better still an individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. The 50% of this total fund will be for my daughter future in your country, the 15% will be for you/family for your assistance while the remaining 35% will be use for orphanages, research centres and widows propagating also to help the need ones in churches. I want a person or organization that will use the 35% of the total fund to finance orphanages, research centres and widows propagating also 50% of the fund to build a new future to my only child. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I have a child that will inherit this money but my daughter can not carryout this work only because I and my late wife decide to use some of the fund to help orphanages and ive some for the building of our hospital so that our daughter can
have a better future. Our daughter is just 19 year old now and been grow up here in Africa , she have low maternity and my relatives are not to be trusted and I don’t want my family hard earned money to be misused. I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner hence the reason for taking this bold decision in writing believing you will not let me down. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going to. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the creator, the God will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I want your email communication in this regard because of my health condition my Doctor told me to avoid receiving telephone call also because of the presence of my family relatives around me always. I don’t want any of my family relatives to receive this money or to know about this fund transfer with you except my daughter. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Finance/ bank here with the information you need in receiving the total fund on my behalf. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as my partner to receive this fund, with trust and honesty in God all things are possible. Please I will like to hear from you immediately you get this mail because any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for an organization or individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here. I have told my daughter my intension of contacting you on this matter. Expecting to hearing from you for more details, Remain blessed Dr. Thomson Tapi
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