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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: Angela Diabate <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 23:10:05 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: From Mrs Angela Diabate

Greetings to you,

My name is Mrs Angela Diabate, Iam contacting you because of my intention to invest in your country. This is why I decided to write you, to tell you about myself, which I believe you would be of great assistance to me
I am the wife of late Chief. Kenneth Diabate. My husband was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast. My husband died before the start of the political crisis which is going on in our country Coted'ivoire.

Before the death of my husband on November 2005 in a private hospital
he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Eight Million,Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars. USD($8.500,000)
in a bank here in Abidjan Ivory Coast as a family treasures that he used my name and my son's name for the next of kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that he might not
survive the situation then.However That I should seek for a foreign partner in a
country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose and upbring of my son Jonnas who is with me right now.

I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regard .
Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

(1)Can you help me for the retrievements of this fund on my behalf and son Jonnas from the bank here to your country by transfer?

(2)Can you make an arrangement for me to come over with my son to your country and invest the money strictly on your advice?

(3) Can you honestly take us as members of your family and help to invest this money wisely?
(4)Can we completely trust you?
(5) We ready to offer you 15% of this USD($8.500,000) I hope it is acceptable by you?.

Please,Consider this and get back to us as soon as possible so that i can forward the documents to you after we must have agreed on the conditions for your assistance. Our life is not safe here and we need to be out of here as soon as possible

I want to leave here as soon as you help us to have the money transfered out of here and Lodge into a safe account in your stable country

We are waiting for your reply.

Thank you so much.

Best Regards,
Mrs. Angela Diabate and son

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