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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: Nancy <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 00:29:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I need your urgent assistance

Cote d'Ivoire

Dearest one,

I am Miss Nancy Dawson, the only daughter of my late parents Mr and Mrs Jeremy Dawson. My father was a highly reputable business magnet who operated in the capital of Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business
trips abroad on the 12th September 2005.

Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of mine who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth! My mother died when i was just 6yrs old, and since then my father took me so special.

Before the death of my father on 12th September 2005, he called me and informed me that he has the sum of seven million, five hundred thousand united state dollars. ($7.500.000.00 USD)left in a Security Company here in Cote d'Ivoire.He further told me that he deposited the money in my name and
also gave me all the necessary but legal documents regarding to this deposit with the Security Company.

I am just 23 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. now i want an honest and God fearing partner overseas who i can transfer this deposit with his assistance and after the transaction i will come and reside permanently in your country till such a time that it
will be convenient for me to return back home if i so desire.

This is because i have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Cote d'ivoire.The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. i also want to invest the fund under your care because i am ignorant of business world.

i am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestion and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can i completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount will be good for you after the deposit is delivered to your care?. Please consider these and get back to me as soon as possible.

I will be expecting your reply.
Thanks and God bless you.
Yours Sincerely
Nancy Dawson.

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