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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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 02:03:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Elvige George

From Miss Elvige George
01 BP Rue 17 Abidjan
Ivory coast West Africa

Dearest one,

Good a thing to write you. I have a proposal for you-this however is not mandatory nor Will I in any manner compel you to honour against your Will your profile pushed me to send you this mail,I am Elvige George 19 years old and the only Daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs.George konen.

My father was a highly reputable business Magnet-(a cocoa and oil merchant)who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days.It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad on the 24th.November.2003.Though his sudden death was linked
or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.But God knows the truth!

My mother died when I was just 4 years old,and since then my father took me so special. Before his death he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he deposted the sum of the Six million,Three hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$6.300,000) deposited in
a suspence account with one of the local banks here in Abidjan,Ivory Coast in favour of me and i will like you to help me transfer this fund to your account.

Now I am just 19 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do.This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.I am in a sincere desire of your
humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

Dearest you will need to help me provide a Good Account where This Fund will be Transfered in your country.After which i can join you in your country to complete my university education. Now permit me to ask these few questions

1. Can you honestly help me as your sister?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account?

Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.Through my private email

God bless you.
Yours Sincerely One,
Miss Elvige George.

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