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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: <jimyandreewson2000@yahoo.co.jp>
Reply-To: jimy_andreewson006@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 21:45:02 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I NEED YOUR URGENT RESPONSE

>From Jimmy Andreewson
Avenue 16 Rue 13
Treichville Abidjan,
Ivory coast

I am pleased to write you this mail,I am Jimmy Andreewson, 22 years old and the only son of my late parents of Mr and Mrs Andreewson. My late father was a highly reputable business merchant in a cocoa who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast during his days.
Unfortunately I loosed him mysteriously,He died in France during one of his business trips abroad last year octomber 2008. though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle , who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth.
My mother died when I was just 4 years old, and since then my late father took me so special. Before his death on Octomber 9th/2008 he called the secretary who
accompanied him in hospital and told him to call me,on my arrival to the hospital my father told me that he deposited the sum of six million US Dollars. (6 000,000 USD) left in suspense account in one of the leading bank here in our country.
He further told me that he deposited the money in his name,and I as the next of kin and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all the necessary legal document to all his properties.
I am just 22 years old and a University undergraduate and really dont know what to do. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds.
This is because I have suffered a lot of set back as a result of family enemity and incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.
Please, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Please,am waiting for your reply
Thank you so much.
My sincere regards
Jimmy Andreewson.



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