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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: "mary allen" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 00:22:51 +0000
Subject: From.Mrs Mary Allen.

*From.Mrs Mary Allen.
In Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire.
In West Africa. *

*Dear, With due respect and humility I write you this letter which I believe
would be of great interest to you . I am Mrs. SUISSE KONAN, the wife of the
late DR. FERDERICK ALLEN of the blessed memory, prior to my husband
assassination with 23 other serving officers by the rebel forces loyal to
Major John Paul Koromah he was the director General National gold and
diamond mining corporation of Sierra- Leone. *

*Before my husband was assassinated, he instructed me and my children(Martin
and Ernest) to move out of Sierra Leone immediately, before the powerful
Economic Community of West African States (ECOMOG) forces intervened which
eventually resulted into a brutal civil war.I with my children managed to
escape to Abidjan, the Republic of Ivory- Coast through the help of my
husband's friend. *

*We came into Abidjan with some thing valuables including cash with sum of
$8.5M (Eight million five hundred thousand United States Dollars) in two
Trunk boxes and two hundred and fifty kilograms of alluvial gold( 250kgs) of
23.5 carats and 99.95% purity at four thousand five hundred
dollars(4,500USD) per kilogram. And some quantities of diamonds in various
colours. At reasonable prices. Which I deposited with security company here
in Abidjan with my first son name(Martin Allen) for your information we did
not disclosed the real contents of the boxes to the security company and we
do not wish them to know this and to avoid raising eyebrows on us as
refugees and in order not to sale out names to the public,This money is for
family. *

*I want you to assist us with mutual trust and perpetual relationship
because our future depends on this. Under any circumstances rather, we
deposited the boxes as containing family valuables. Meanwhile, I want to
leave Ivory Coast entirely with this money for investment in your country
because of the stable political situation and mostly for the betterment of
my children. I therefore require you to please assist me in the following
areas, hence my children are still under age. *

*1) changing the ownership of the money in your name as the sole
beneficiary, to enable us to transfer the money into your country. *

*2) You are also required to negotiate for the best project where this money
could be invested.*

*3) Above every other thing you shall keep the confidentiality of this
transaction.We have it in mind to reward you handsomely for your assistance.
We are prepared to give you 15% of the total sum, while 5% will cover any
expenses made. Also you shall have 5% of the total profit of the investment
because you are to manage it for my children. Do not hesitate to contact me
immediately you receive this letter to enable us proceed in earnest towards
concluding this transfer. *

*For easier, communication please kindly get back to me as soon as you
receive this mail, so that I can send you the backup document for the
consignment, such as agreement bond, certificate of deposit and receipt for
the certificate of deposit receipt for the consignment immediately. Thanks
and be bless. *

*NB: Please help me to negociate for the real price of this items (gold and
diamond) *

*I wait for your urgent response
Yours sincerely,
Mrs.Mary And Son. *

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