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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: Mis Mireille Baka <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 23:37:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: From Mis Mireille Baka

From Mis Mireille Baka
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
West Africa.


I am Miss Mireille Baker 20 years old girl,the only daughter of late Mr. and Mrs. David Baka. My father was a very wealthy Cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast; my father was poisoned to death by his business associates during one of their outings on a business trip. My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special.

Before the death of my father in November 2006 in a private hospital here in abidjan, he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of seven million,five hundred thousand dollars ($7.5M) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan, he used my name Mireille as his only daughter as the next of Kin in depositing the fund.

He also explained to me that it was because of his wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. Due to the ongoing political crisis in this country Ivory Coast now and to avoid being kill by his enemies, my father adviced me to seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate or hotel management.

Please, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:

(1) To provide a bank account into which this money will be transfer into.(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am still a little girl.(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your Country to further my education immediately after the transfer.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated bank account in your country.

Furthermore, Pls indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within seven (7) days you signify your full interest to assist me.

Anticipating to hear from you urgently.

Thanks and God bless.
Yours Sincerely,

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