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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: Ismeal Burtley <>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 08:14:26 -0500 (EST)

Boulevard d'Estelle
11 Plateau B.p 147 11
Abidjan Cote D'ivoire
West - Africa


Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I prayed over it and selected your name among other names. maybe you're aware that my country ( ivory coast /cote d'ivoire). was seriously attacked by rebelles, which as at now occuping 1/2 of the land mass. see websites :

During these events; much factory, magazines, and houses were burnt and plundered by rioter. Our family was also touched, but it was our enemy who has to use this great Opportunity to burn down our cocoa farm which valued at thousand of dollars. my mother has already died in 2002, it was my father who was attacked ; By God's grace i was not there.

Before the death of my father in the private hospital here in Abidjan. he revealed to me that he has deposited a great sum of US$ 10.250.000 dollars ( Ten millon two hundred and fifty thousand dollars )in a private security company in Abidjan. in my name as his only child and nexk of kin and gave me all the papers concerning the deposit of the fund and ordered me seriously to seek for a foreigner out of the country which can assist me to withdraw the money out of the security company in order to continue a new life abroad, because; I am his only child and to safe my life.I am 20 years old.

All i need is for you to assist me withdraw my money from the security company and to invest it in a good business in your Country. After a careful thought i have decided to give you a commission of 25% of the total enable you cover up every unavoidable expences during the process of the transaction.May almighty God touch your heart and give you the courage to make a wise decision while i'm anticipating to hear from you soon.

Best regards


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