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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: "ribecca kommia" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 08:43:51 +0000
Subject: From : Miss ribecca kommia

From : Miss ribecca kommia
Abidjan Ivory coast.Pls i will like you
to get back to me from my private
Email : **

Dear Respectful One,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship
with you. I am miss ribecca kommia the only daugther of late Mr and Mrs
Andany kommia, 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 on the first of January 2007 on their travel to France
for there new year celebration.

My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so
special. Before the death of my father on january 2007 in a private hospital
here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he
has the sum of Sixtteen Million Sevin hondred thounsan United State Dollars.
US(16.7M) left in Fixed /Suspense account in one of the Prime Bank here in
Abidjan that he used my name as his only daugther for the next of Kin in
Depositing of the money.

He told me that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my
choice where i will transfer this money into and use it for investment
purpose such as real estate management or hotel management and also for
orphanages, helping the widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour
that the house of God is maintained and building companies where poor God
people can work and have their daily feedings with their families.

I pray to God to grant you more blessing to your business and for making up
your mind that you will be doing this for the benefit of the people who are
in need. i know that God will see you through.
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
1) How should l trust you ?
2) Will you accept me as your daugther with all your mind. Am 20 years old.
3) Can you plan for my coming in to your country to establish a new life and
continue my education as the money transfer into your bank account in your
country and also secure my resdance permit.

4) Please tell me what will be your percentage on the total?money for your

5) Hope you will not seat upon the money as it transfer into your bank
account ? because the money is my last hope in life today.

All the necessary arrangement has been made by the bank where my late father
deposited this money and the director of the bank told me that as soon as I
am ready with my foreign partner who will receive the Money will be transfer

Waiting to hear from you so?I will give you more details for us to proceed
in this transfer which I beleive that before seven days , the money will be
transfer in your bank account.

Pls i will like you to get back to me from my private


Yours Sincerely,
Ms ribecca kommia

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