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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: stella amara <>
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 11:24:22 -0500 (EST)
Subject: From Miss Stella Amara



Good thing to write you. I have a proposal for you.This however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will.

I am Miss Stella Amara, the only daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs Amara. My father was a highly reputable business magnet-(a Cocoa Merchant, Diamond and Gold Dealer)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 2nd March 2006.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 4 years old,and since then my father took me so special.

Before his death on 2nd March 2006 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of Seventeen million,seven hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$17.7000) deposited in SECURITY COMPANY in Abidjan Cote d'lvoire.

He further told him that he deposited the consignment in my name as the next of kin,and he registered the consignment as family valuables and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession to handle all the necessary legal documents of the consignment which he deposited in SECURITY COMPANY and he instructed the lawyer to hand over the documents to me whenever I need it.

I am a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do.
Now I want a foreign partner who will assist me to retrieve this consignment from the SECURITY COMPANY in Abidjan Cote d'lvoire. .

This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.

Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1.Can you kindly tell me what the type of a profitable venture this fund will used to invest avoid waste of it.

2). Can you honestly help me as your daughter?

3). Can I completely trust you?

4). What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after you have collected this consignment on my behalf?

Please,consider this and get back to me as soon as possible with your telephone number for oral discussion and keep it highly confidential with yourself. plaese i attached my pictures for you to see me in phisically bellow of my message.

May God Bless You And Guid You.

Thank you so much.

Yours Sincerely,

Miss Stella Amara.

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