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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: marvin sliverline <sarafiner43bamba@yahoo.co.jp>
Reply-To: sliverline00marvin@yahoo.co.jp
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2008 00:21:37 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Sliverline Marvin

Hello dearest One
how are you together with your family? it is good writing you today however ,it is neither mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to go against your will. My name is Sliverline Marvin . I am 21 years old, the only daughter and child of (Late) Chief Emmanuel Marvin .
My father was a highly reputable Gold miner in Ivory coast during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously during one of his business trips though, his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by my uncle who travelled with him at that time. but
God knows the truth!
My mother died when I was yet a kid,and since then my father took me so special. Before his death he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of US$10,500,000 left in one of the leading Bank here in Abidjan, Ivory coast .He further told him
that he deposited the money in my name,and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all the necessary and legal documents regarding this fund and the bank . I am just 21 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do.
Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this money into , this is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of continuous political crisis here in Ivory coast and family problems that made me to run away from my late fathers house and hid myself in a local hotel for
the safety of my life from the hand of my wicked uncle that kill my father and some other family members that are after my life because of this money.
The death of My father actually brought sorrow and set back back in to my life. Dearest one, I am in a sincere desire of your urgent assistance in this
regard. dear,your suggestions and ideas will be highly needed, please permit me to tell you what i want you to do for me.
1. you will help me to negotiate for lucrative and legal investment where the money will be wisely invested,as you know that I am just a Little girl and don't have investment knowledge.
2. you will help me to secure a permanent residential permit in your country, for me to come over and continue my education while you will be taken care of the investment that will be set up by you. The most important of all is for you to be a good partner when the money arrives in your country.

I am ready to give you 20% of the total money after the money has been successfully transferred in to your bank account in your country for your assistance and for any expenses that you made during the process of the transfer . Is this offer OK by you?. Please,Consider this and get back to me
as soon as possible.
Thank you for being there for me.
Sincerely,
Sliverline Marvin



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