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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: "aisha_ahmed01" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 11:21:52 +0000
Subject: From .Miss Aisha Ahmed.

>From .Miss Aisha Ahmed.
Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire in West Africa.
Alternative Email (
Please your assistance is needed.

Dearest One.

I got your contact information's from International Directory Here in
Abidjan, so after going through your profile, i decieded to contact you. I
know that this will come to you as a surprise but I will like you to take
this one of the things people over come on this earth. And I know that it is
Allah that led me to get your contact so that you will be of help to me. You
can call me a scammer or a layer but it is only Allah that knows the truth
and in him I trust. So before I go on let me introduce my self to you so
that you will be able to know me well.
My Name is Miss Aisha Ahmed. My mother is from united state of America why
my father is from Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire in West Africa. My father and mother
where living in America and I was born in America. My mother died when I was
only 7 yrs and I am the only daughter to my parents so when I was 9yrs my
father took me to his home town in Africa where he Establish a company.

My father was a highly reputable business magnet (a cocoa merchant) who
operated through out West Africa during his days.
since then I am with my father till on the 1st of January 2007 my father
died in a car accident why coming back from a club meeting. So after the
burial of my father his brothers send me away i mean my uncles and they said
that I am not the daughter of there brother so they took all my father had
houses and his company and they said that in Africa here that woman did not
have any right over her father property so they drove me away from my
father's house and I can not do anything to them because I am only 18yrs

So the only thing I have now is the documents that my father used to
deposited amount of $23.5m USD in a trunk box with a security company here
in this country and know one knows about this .My father disclosed this to
me because I am his only child and he told me that he wants to use this
money to Establish another company in oversea and he hand over the
documents to me and tell me that encase anything happens to him in any way
that I have to take this document and look for any foriegner who will help
me to claim this trunk box from the security company and send it out from
this country to his or her country. And he told me that I should not let the
security company to know about the content in the trunk box because the
security company did not know any thing that is in the trunk box because he
told them that it is family valuables.

Since my father's family have driving me away and I have no where to go to
or stay so I went to the security company to claim the trunk box so the
director have agreed to release the trunk box to me as the next of kin and
the trunk box was deposited with my Father's Name but I see that I can
not claim this on my own because I am only 18yrs and I can not handle the
money that is inside so that is why I contact you to help me claim this
trunk box and ship it to your country so that I can be able to come to your
country for you to help me Establish an investment then I will continue my
Education in your country .

Please I will reward you if you can assist me on this please.
I will give you the documents if you agree to help me with trust and truth
without any

I will stop until I read from you.

For more discussion you can reach me through my

Alternative Email (

>From Miss Aisha Ahmed.

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