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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: Darlington Lamine <>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2009 16:12:29 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Mr. Darlington lamine.

Mr.Darlington lamine.
Cocody Cites des
Arts,Abidjan - Cote D‘Ivoire
Your Urgent Attention.

This message might meet you in utmost  surprise.however, it‘s just my Urgent need
for foreign partner that made me to  contact you for this  transaction. I am a banker
by profession from Cote D‘Ivoire in West Africa and  currently holding the post
of director Auditing and accounting unit of the bank.

I have the opportunity of transferring the left over Funds ($12.5 million) of one of my
bank clients who died Along with his entire family on 31 July  2000 in a plane crash.

Hence, i am inviting you for a business deal where This money can be  shared between us
in the ratio of 50/50 .

If you agree to my business proposal. Further details of the
transfer  will be forwarded
to you as soon as I Receive your return mail.

Mr. Darlington lamine.

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