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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: <>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 01:59:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re: From: Florence Adams

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I am writting this letter with due respect and heartful of tears since we have not known or met ourselves previously. I got your contact informations through site and decided to contact you, hoping that by Almighty God grace, you will successfully assist me out from my situations after seven
days of prayer and fasting over seeking for an overseas guardance. I am Miss Florence Adams ( 22 years old ). The only daughter of late Chief Jeseph Adams, who was a famous and wealthy cocoa and gold merchant base in Abidjan, the econimic capital of Ivory Coast located in West Africa.

My father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip. My mother died when i was a baby and since then, my father took me so special. Before he he died, he secrectly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of ($10,500,000.00 USD
).Ten million, five hundred thousand united state dollars, deposited in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only daughter for the next of kin.

I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business. I am seeking your urgent attention to help me transfer the sum into your bank account for an investment purposes, Such as real estates management and stock market business. I want you to help me invest this money in your
country and help me to locate a nice school to continue my education in your country. I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your urgent assistance to me immediately after the transfer of the fund into your bank account in your Country.

Yours sincerely,
Florence Adams.

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