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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: michel dago <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 21:33:57 +0100
Subject: Dear Partner,

From the desk of:
Barr Michel Dago of Law and Equity Chambers.
ECOWAS Resident Accredited Bank Attorney,
A solicitor and advocate of the supreme court of Justice.
Abidjan- Ivory Coast.
Tel/Fax: +225 661 23719
Private Email: []

Dear Partner,

May I use this chance to ask your wisdom, understand and your attention to this mail. And also ask your humble self to not in any case regard this mail as one of the impostures that we does receives every time.

My service was consulted by late Mrs Geavonna Fernando Osvaldo the wife of Late Mr Luis-Fernando Osvaldo a Mexican business Mogul. Who operated Gas Plant Companies in most of the major cities of Ivory Coast. Note, according to record and explanations from my late Client, Mrs Geavonna, her Husband died painfully in active service with five of his Ivorian Workers and his friend from Canada who visited him, and their two sons through gas fire explosion, during the reconstruction of one their Gas Plant factories in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, on 20th May 2004.

However, My Client, Late Mrs Geavonna applied for the released of her late Husband balance of USD$10,800.000.00.with the a Prime Bank here in Ivory Coast. And with all documents of proofs won the claim as the true bonafide next of kin and inheritor of the said amount. Painfully, Mrs Geavonna Fernando Osvaldo, died in a Royal Palm Hotel Accra-Ghana while on a holiday, upon her arrival from USA, on 12th, June 2007. Series of investigations was made to her death, and finally investigation proved that she checked in the Hotel with one Mr Lewis, who she falsely introduced to the Hotel management as her son, the investigation further proved with evidence that the young Mr Lewis, was a Liberia Citizen, and as well as her boy friend, who after rendered his sex service to Mrs Geavonna Fernando Osvaldo, killed her in a cold blood and made away with all physical cash with her, and other valuable items. The news of her death spread round the city of Accra-Ghana. But the young Mr Lewis va
nised into tin air without trace of till this moment.

After some months, i wrote a letter of Consideration and release of my Client Inheritance to Bank here in Ivory Coast. reminded for a pending funds released Order, on 25th October 2007 and got a reply on 5th November 2007, stated that my request will be honoured if only I will provide a family member to late Mr & Mrs Luis-Fernando Osvaldo to stand for the claim with all documents of proofs. I saw the Bank request very impossible to produce because I was only consulted to act as Legal representative for Documentation and Legalization of the Claim before my Client died.which i only have copies of some Document procured through the service of my chambers and some other Document, which may not qualify me as the Bank requested.

While, I was thinking the next thing to do, just two(2 days) ago, I received a phone call from the Bank manager who requested for a private meeting with me. On our meeting, he made known to me that the approved balance of USD$10,800,000.00. will be transferred at most possible time as certified and approved by the Bank authority, before the sudden death of Geavonna Fernando Osvaldo if only I will involve his assistance and thereby agreed that the sum of USD$1.8M. will be send to any of his nominated Bank account immediately upon the confirmation of the total sum of USD$10,8M. to any receiving bank when their Bank do the transfer. But I must produce a foreigner to stand as a next of kin to the Late Family of Mr/Mrs Luis-Fernando Osvaldo to avoid illegal operation of the transaction. while with his position of authority in the bank as the Bank Manager, He will ensure that successful transfer will be made as soon as re-documentation is made in favour of the Foreigner, who will s
tand as the next of kin to the Late Family.

I, hereby solicit for your assistance to stand as a relative and next of kin to late Mr& Mrs Luis-Fernando Osvaldo, so that I will proceed to some of the responsible ministries for proper re-documentation the Legal Backings on your favour for immediate Funds Release Order, and subsequent wire transfer of the funds to your bank account.

More so, I would want you to do as follow if you are interested to co-operate with me:

(1) Open a new bank account if you may not be comfortable to give out your current Bank account for security reasons.

(2).Supply your Full name and address. So that I will start the processment of the re-documentation on your favour.

(3).Your private telephone number for oral discussion, as you can agree with me that e-mail communication is not enough in this transaction.

I wait for your positive reply.
Thanks and God bless you.
Yours Sincerely.
Barr Michel Dago.

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