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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: Youssouf Yao Diallo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 18:14:36 +0200
Subject: Awaiting your urgent reply

From: Youssouf Yao Diallo
Accountant & Operation Department
Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire

Dear Friend,

How are you today, I hope fine. Before I proceed I would like to introduce my self to you.

My names are Mr. Youssouf Yao Diallo, a staff in accounts/ operation department of one of the commercial banks in Abidjan Cote D’Ivoire. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. I got your contact from a personal Internet research.

On February 13 2002, an oil consultant / contractor with the ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE National Petroleum Corporation, MR. GEORGE JASON, made a numbered time (fixed) deposited for two calendar years valued at US$8,700,000.00 (Eight Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After some time again, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contact employers COTE D'IVOIRE National Petroleum Corporation that MR. GEORGE JASON, died in auto crash along with his entire family.

On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that MR. GEORGE JASON did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork. This sum of US$8,700,000.00 is still sitting in the Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will come forward to claim it.

According to the Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire Law, at the expiration of 6 (six) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the COTE D'IVOIRE Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to MR. GEORGE JASON, so that the fruits of this old mans labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.

As am Accountant and a staff of this bank, what we have to do is simple, as far as you fellow my instructions.

You will send to me your complete names, address and information’s which I will secretly programme in the computer account file of late MR. GEORGE JASON as his registered associate before his death and who is entitle to inherit the deposit encase of his death.

After this, I will send to you a text of an application letter for claim which you will re-prepare your self and submit it to the banking and operation unit of our bank for their approval, for the successful releasing and transfer of the fund to your account in your country.

May I inform you that secrecy, trust, honest and confident should be a base for the success of this transaction, base on this, you and me are much expected to keep this business very secret and confidential

I am promising that as soon as we get this fund transferred into your account, I will give to you 40% of the total sum as a compensation for your full assistance, while 60 % will be fore me and I will be interested in investing part of my own share in a good investment in your country.

More information of the steps to follow in order to actualise this aim will be detail to you as soon as you are interested, there is no risk, as my position as a staff of this bank, guarantees the successful execution of this business.

Awaiting your urgent reply

Best regards

Mr. Youssouf Yao Diallo
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