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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: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 22:05:43 +0900 (JST)

12 BP 1046 ABIDJAN

Hello Dear

l am Miss Mary, the only daughter of late Chief and Mrs Julius Ubah.My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan here, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, he was poissoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings for business. My mother died on the 20th october 1997
and my father took me so special because l am motherless.
Before the death of my father on 29th november 2005 in a private hospital here in Abidjan, he called me and made some sympathetic comments: (1) he conplained that I am too young to be managing my life, (2)that I have not finished my university education as he planned for me,
(3) that no body is to take care of me anymore , but after much , he revealed to me that he has the sum of US$8.000.000.(EIGHT MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) left in a security company here in Abidjan. That he used my name as the only daughter for his next of kin in deposit of the fund.He passed
an instruction to me, that l should seek for a GOD fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where l will transfer this money and use it for proper investment purpose. That I must finish my university education by the help of a business partner abroad.
He told me the money was deposited as an atifact to avoid problem or tamparing by the officers of the company and to make sure I do not begin to make use of the money here so that his enemies will not get at me. I am now ready to do all these since my father my bread winner is no more and more
worse the incesant political crisis here. l am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1) to serve as my gaurdian in your country whereas I will depend on your expert advise .
( 2 ) to make arrangement for me to come over to your country in order to further my university education and to secure a residential permit for me in your country.
Moreover, what percentage of the total sum as compensation for your effort /input after the successfull transfer of this consignment box to your care over there will be ok for you? Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as l believed that this project would be concluded
within fourteen ( 14 ) days you signify interest to assist me. Hoping to hear from you soonest.
May God bless you as you extend your helping hand to a needy fellow.

Best wishes
Mary Ubah.

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