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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:

Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2007 18:16:05 +0100 (CET)
Subject: =?us-ascii?Q?PLEASE=20WE=20NEED=20YOUR=20ASSIST=20?=


Dearest One,

It is my pleasure to identify with you. I am Chine Udha and My younger brother Joel is 18yrs, we are from sierra leone but residing in Ivory Coast west Africa.We are humbly seeking for your guidance and assistance inmigrating us to your country and also help us in transferring the sum ofUS$5.600.000 (FIVE MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND,UNITED STATES DOLLARS).inherited from my father late Mr Udha Johnson to your country for investment.

We have been under persecution of a man we called our uncle, and we are motivated to contact you after our prayers, and as we get to know you better, we hope to gradually build trust, relationship and confidence in you as our step parent.So if you can be in position to assist us in any way, we will be glad and willing to offer you 20% of the total sum for your assistance in retrieving the money and effort input after the successful transfer of this money and investment. Indicate your interest towards assisting us by sending your phone # and address so that we can communicate with you at any time.we need your expected guidance in investing the money in any profitable business investment in your country.If you are willing to assist us, kindly get back to us immediately with your adequate communication.

Chine and Joel

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