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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: Abidjan <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 20:22:27 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Dearest One,

Dearest One,

Compliment of the day. It is my pleasure to use this opportunity to write you at this time of the day and to bring to your knowledge certain things. Meanwhile, I wouldn抰 like this piece of writing or information to meet you in a very bad mood or in a state whereby you won抰 give it attention. That is why I would like you to read it with an ecstatic mind so that you will be able to understand it very well.

I am Miss Sandra Didier from Bouake, Cote D扞voire in West Africa. I am 23 years old and the only child of late Mr. Bonaventure Didier, a wealthy and renowned politician and full time contractor in our country.

During the recent political crises in our country in 2004, our family was attached and looted by unknown assassins. As a result of the attack, my parents were assassinated on November 10th, 2004. The assassins told me that they came purposely for my parents and as a result, they did not touch me.

However; the main reason why I am writing you is to let you know that in the same 2004 in the month of February, my late father told me in one of our discussions that he deposited a metallic box in a security company in Abidjan, the capital city of our country. He went further to tell me that the box contains the sum of $10m US but that he deposited the box as containing family valuables for security reasons. He told me that I am his NEXT OF KIN and I have the reserved right to retrieve the box from the security company or authorise anybody of my choice to help me retrieve it if I am not capable to do it alone.

But he strongly warned me that I should not let his kinsmen or countrymen know about it as they are always against him. Instead, I should look for preferably a foreign partner who will help me retrieve the box.
Meanwhile, I asked him why he deposited the money in the security company rather than in the bank and he answered that government of West Africa probe their citizens most often and that he wouldn抰 want the money to be seized by the government.

Therefore, I am asking you to help me retrieve the box from the security company and get it transferred to you in your country by the security company. Secondly, you will help to invest it in a profitable business in your country. Thirdly, you will help me to come over there to continue my education as you can understand that I stopped school abruptly when my parents died and I have nobody to help me now. That is why I had to travel to Abidjan to run away from the menace of my father抯 kinsmen because since the death of my parents, all hated me.

So, right now, I have nobody to help me except you if you can whole-heartedly accept to help me. I am only pleading with you and not forcing you. Just consider my condition, and make up your mind to help me. If you are interested, ready and willing to help me, please, let me know as you are replying so that I can tell you the procedures we have to follow.
Thanks a lot and remain blessed for your perusal consideration.

Yours sincerely,
Sandra Didier.


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