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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: Linda <linda_smith012000@yahoo.co.jp>
Reply-To: linda00_smith2000@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 11:20:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU..............

FROM LINDA SMITH
ADDRESS 105 KUMASSI
WEST COAST ABIDJAN

HELLO, Sir/ Madam


Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your contact from the internet search where searching for a responsible and humble person who will assist me on this,i prayed over it and GOD,through the pastor where i worship selected alphbert where your
name among other names felt into as was dicrected by God to do so, I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business .

I am linda smith the only duaghter of late Mr. and Mrs. joe smith My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to dearth 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 January 2004 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of of eight million five hundred United State Dollars. USD (US$8.5 million) left in fixed /
suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only duaghter for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates.

however, my father before his death warned me not to inverst in Abidjan or any other African country because his death was not nautarl that those that killed him may hurnt to kill me as they did to him and inherit what he laboured for.
That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management . Sir, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:

(1) To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to .(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22years.
(3) 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 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas. Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within
fourteen (14) days you signify interest to assist me. Anticipating to hear from you soon.


Thanks and God bless.
Best regards,

linda




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