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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 08:47:39 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dearest beloved One,

My name is Veronica Diata, 21years old girl, And the only survival of my late parents Mr.and Mrs Williams Diata. My father was a highly reputable busnness magnet-(a cocoa 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 12th.November 2005. Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected by one of his brother who accompanied him on that Trip, But God knows the truth!

My mother died when I was just 8 years old, and since then my father took me soo special. Before the death of my Father on November 12th 2005 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told her that he has the sum of Fifteen Milion Five Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars.(USD$15.5.000 000) left in a Metalic Trunk box, Which he deposited in one Prime Security Company here in Abidjan, but the Security Company didn't know the content as money, because it was registered as family valuables personal for security reasons. And he made the secretary to
understand that it was because of this wealth that make his Brothers to be against him,

That i should seek for a foreign partner abroad, who will help me to retreived that trunk box, and shipped it direct to his or her country, and also to travel along with him or her because my life is in danger as soon as his Brothers find out about that money in the Security Compnay, My dear, i
am just 21 years old and a Secondary School Level 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. Coupled that i have been chased out of my Father's House, all because i dont want to tell his
Brothers any thing about my Fathers Wealth which they have plan to take over from me all because i am still a small girl,

Dearest Beloved, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly be regarded, I want you to assist me retreived this trunk box out from the Security Company's Custody, and shipped it direct to your Country, And as soon as you received
it, You will now make an arrangement for me to come over to your Country in other to continue my Education and also to invest that money into Bussines relationship with you,

I will be waiting for your urgent reply and also to know how much you will like to be your own % after the success in geting the trunk box retreivced and also deliver to you in your Country, Please dear, if you find this mail offensive, please ignor it and accept my appology, Thanks once again,
and may God almighty bless you and your Family, kindly get back to me as soon as you read this message, so that i will send to you all the documents which was sign by my late Father, on the day he made this deposit, including the contact of the Security Company, so that you can contact them on
how this trunk box shall be retreived and also be sent direct to you in your Country.

Thanks till i hear from you
Yours Beloved
Veronica Diata.

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