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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: Amina Traore <aminaluvyou4real28@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: aminalovyou4reall@yahoo.fr
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 13:56:16 -0800 (PST)
Subject: dear one,please if you are truelly who i thought you are......


AMINA TRAORE, 85 BP.1355 ABIDJAN 85.
YOPOUGON MAROC.
COTE D'IVOIRE.

DEAR FRIEND,
A BRIGHT LOVELY GOODAY TO YOU,MAY TODAY BRING YOU GOOD LUCK IN JESUS NAME.I KNOW YOU WILL WONDER WHO IAM AND WHETHER WE KNOW EACH OTHERS, I DON'T KNOW YOU NEITHER DO YOU,BUT CIRCUMSTANCES HAS BROUGHT US TOGETHER,I GOT YOUR ADDRESS THROUGH A GUEST BOOK YOU SIGNED AND AFTER I PRAYED OVER IT AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD ASSURES ME THAT YOU ARE MY SISTER AND BROTHER IAM LOOKING FOR,THAT IS WHY IAM CONTACTING YOU TRUSTING YOU WILL BE MY HOPE TO RISE AGAIN, LET ME FIRST INDTRODUCE MY HUMBLE SELF TO YOU,
IAM AMINA TRAORE BY NAME, AN IVOIRIENNE, IAM 20 YEARS OF AGE, I LIVED MOST OF MY LIVE IN ACCRA GHANA WITH MY AUNT, IAM THE ONLY DAUGHTER OF MR. AND MRS.AHMED TRAORE? MY FATHER IS AN OIL MERCHANT, THE CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SHELL OIL COMPANY HERE IN ABIDJAN.
U SEE MY DEAR, I LOST MY FATHER ON THE 20TH OF NOVEMBER,2005 ON A GHASTLY MOTOR ACCIDENT,SINCE THEN THINGS BEGAN TO MOVE IN A WRONG DIRECTION FOR ME AND MY MOTHER.
MY UNCLES, MY FATHER'S BROTHERS DECIDED TO TAKE OVER HIS BUSNESS WHILE MY MOTHER AND I ARE STILL ALIVE. MY MOTHER FAUGHT WITH THE LAST DROP OF HER BLOOD TO DEFEND MY RIGHT , BUT AS FAITH HAS IT , SHE WAS MURDERED ON THE 18TH OF APRIL,2006 RIGHT INSIDE HER BED ROOM,MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE, AMEN.

RIGHT NOW IAM CONFUSED, MY UNCLES WANT ME DEAD, I RAN TO MY FATHERS LAWYER WHO TOLD ME THAT MY OWN FATHER LEFT THE SUM OF (SEVENTEEN MILLIONS US DOLLARS) $17 ,000,000, FOR MY MOTHER AND I. AND IT WAS THE MAIN REASON WHY MY MOTHER WAS KILLED BECAUSE ONLY MY MOTHER AND I HAVE SIGNATRY TO THE MONEY.
AS MY LAWYER ADVICED ME THAT THE ONLY OPTION IS FOR ME TO TAKE THE MONEY AND LEAVE TOWN, AND I HAVE ALSO SEEN IT AS THE BEST OPTIONS THAT IS WHY IAM SEEKING THE HELP OF A FORIEGNER IN OTHER TO LEAVE MY COUNTRY IVORY COAST TO WHERE I CAN STARTS A NEW LIFE ALL OVER.
MY LAWYER HAS DISCUSSED WITH THE BANK MANAGER WHO ASSURED ME THAT HE WILL HELP ME TO TRANSFER THE MONEY TO ANY COUNTRY OF MY CHOICE, THAT ONCE I GET A GOD FEARING , HONEST AND SINCERE PERSON HE CAN GO ON WITH THE TRANSFER,CAN I HAVE CONFIDENCE ON YOU MY DEAR ONE?

THEY EGUALLY ASSUERD ME THAT THIS TRANSFER RISK FREE , THAT I CAN ONLY LOOSE TEN TO TWENTY PERCENT OF THE MONEY TO ANY ACCOUNT I WILL PAY IT INTO.
AS MY SITUATIONS IS NOW, I HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE, I WANT A BETTER LIFE FOR MYSELF,
MY DEAR HOW ARE U GOING TO HELP ME ON THIS?
WILL U HELP ME AS UR WIFE?
IS IT AS UR OWN SISTER OR DAUGHTER?
IT IS AT THIS POINT THAT I WILL STOP ,TRUSTING TO HEAR FROM YOU. I WILL LIKE YOU TO BRIEF ME MORE ABOUT YOURSELF SO THAT I CAN INTRODUCE YOU TO THE BANK MANAGER AND MY LAWYER FOR IMMIDIATE TRANSFER OF THIS FUNDS INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.
I DON'T WANT TO CONTINUE LIVING IN THIS COUNTRY OF MINE, WHERE A WOMAN HAS NO RIGHT AT ALL, IAM WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY PLEASE, TOMORROW MAY BE TOO FAR FOR MY LIFE CIRCLES IN THIS COUNTRY.

AMINA TRARORE


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