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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: alice lacson <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 09:19:32 +0100
Subject: From Mrs Alice Lacson

From Mrs Alice LacsonCote d' Ivoire ( Abidjan ) West African.
Dear Friend, I do not mean to embarras you by this proposal, but to know if i can confide in you for our safety and also to seek your utmost assistance and it is my pleasure to write you Based on the information and recommendation I got about quick growth of investment in your country.
I am MRS Alice Lacson and my son Mr Davis the wife of CHIEF William Lacson from SIERRA LEONE. We are writing you from Rep of Cote 'Ivoire where we have been taking refuge after the brutal war and murder of my husband by the rebels during the renewed fighting in our country.
Before the death of my late husband he sold his shipping company and took us to a nearby country Cote d'Ivoire where he deposited some money totaling (US$ into a security/diplomatic courier company as family valuable for safety keeping. Due to the courrent political situation in Ivory Coast we are seeking for your assistance and also relocate to your country to further study for our son and we are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum for your help.
I await anxiously to hear for you so that we will discuss the modalities of this transaction and please treat this matter with confidentical because of the safety of our life and the money .
Thanks and God bless. Best regards. Mrs Alice and Son.
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