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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: "charlotte adams" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:17:02 +0200
Subject: Peace be with you and your family,

*From:Mrs Charlotte Adams Johnson,
Des Martyrs 44 Avenue
06BP.7452 Abidjan RCI
Email;(*** <>*)*

*Dearest Beloved One.*

*Greetings in the name of God.*

*I am Mrs.Charlotte Adams Johnson from Coted'ivoire. I was married to Late
Chief Adams Johnson who was a contractor with the government of Cote
d'Ivoire before he died after few days in the hospital owing to high blood

*When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $8.7Million(Eight
Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with a leading
commercail bank here in coted'ivoire stating the fund will be transfered to
his foreign partner for foreign investment outside west africa.Presently
this fund is still with the bank here in Coted'ivoire.*

*Recently,My Doctors told me that it is likely i will die within the next 3
months due to a Blood Cancer {LEUKAMIA} and I want to communicate to the
bank that you are my late husband foriegn business partner and also the
foreign beneficiary of the fund based on your sincere acceptance to assist
me and child.*

*I have decided that you help me transfer this money out of here to your
country through your help where my only child will be able to futher his
Education and also stay under your care until he grows up as it is not
better i die leaving the money here and for my little son,for he is too
and also too young to handle this fund.*

*As soon as the fund is transfered you in your country,you will take 20%
percent of the total amount for the assistance you rendered to me and my

*As soon as I receive your reply I shall authorize the bank to transfer the
fund to you immediately so that even if am dying today i will know that my
child is in good hand.*

*I beg of you to deal with me honestly and render me your assistance to the
fullest of your capacity. *

*You would be helping a dying woman and most importantly you would be
touching the live of the only surviving member of the family while am gone.I

hope I would be able to count on you while I wait impatiently for the time
to come. My bones are slowly cleaving to my skin.
I hope to hear from you as soon as possible.*

*Please feel free to contact me for more information and details you might
need from me via my private

*In God's arms.
Your's Sincerely,
Mrs.Charlotte Adams Johnson.

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