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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: Mrs.Mary Clement <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 21:11:15 +0100
Subject: From,Mrs Mary Clement.

From,Mrs Mary Clement.Cote D'ivoire,Abidjan. Ivory Coast. Dearest One,I am Mrs Mary clement, from Sierra Leone Republic, residing in Cote d'Ivoire. I am married to Dr Alexander Clement Kouassi, who deals in Cocoa and Gold business, later became the director general of Cocoa and Gold business in Cote d'Ivoire for twenty five years before he died on 14 January year 2006. We were married for twenty years God gave us a son, his name is Danny Jr who is 18 years old now, and because of my husband love to me he refused to marry another wife for more children. He died after a brief illness from food poison which lasted for only four days. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get another child outside my matrimonial home, my husband relatives was responsible for his death because they want to nherit the entire legacy, I was ill and my son is still a little boy. Before the death of my husband he deposited the sum of US$18.000.000,000.( Eighteen Million US dollars) in a suspense account with a bank here in Cote d Ivoire, Since my Doctor told me that I have a little time left (about Six months) due to my cancer problem. Having known my condition and I can not survive this cancer illness, and I don't want to lose my only son, I decided to transfer this fund and my son out of this country to your care. I took this decision because I don't want to lose every thing my husband has worked for, and my husband relatives are not even good at all because they are responsible for the death of my husband in other to have all his properties and I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by those that conspired for his death because they may return back to still kill my son if they have the opportunity. so please if you are willing and honest to assist me, kindly respond back to me, and as soon as I receive your reply of accepting to help me I will give you all the details including your percentage for assisting us. Thanks and God Bless you.Mrs. Mary Clement and son.
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