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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: Eliza <eliza_2006014@yahoo.co.jp>
Reply-To: mrselizabeth_1960@yahoo.co.jp
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 08:23:39 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello

Hello Dear



Compliment of the day to you Based on your profile, l am happy to request for your assistance because I beleive that you are not going to betrayed the trust which I am going to lay on you Hope all is well with you and Other members of your family.



My name is Miss Elizabeth R. Williams, 20years old and the only daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs Robert Williams. My father was a highly reputable busnness magnet-(a cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously
in France during one of his business trips abroad on 12th.November 2006.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time, but God knows the truth!



My mother died when I was just 6 years old, and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my Father on November 12th 2006 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told her that he has the sum of (USD$7.5 000 000) Seven Milion five hundred thousand dollars
left in a metalic trunk trunk box, wich he deposited in a Security Company here in abidjan, that he registered it as family valuable items for security reasons, he told the secretary that I should contact the Company for them to know me as his next of kin wich I have did as he instructed,



My dear, this is why I have come incontact with you in order to help me retreive that trunk box from the Security Companys custody and send it direct to your country and also to make an arrangement for me on how I will come over to your country in other to continue my Life and Education and also
to go into bussines relationship with you hence I am still a child and I dont know any thing about bussines,
I am just 21 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. this is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life, My dear, I am in a sincere
desire of your humble assistance in this regards and your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.


Now permit me to ask these few questions:



1. Can I completely trust you?

2.Can you accept me as your own blood Sister (Or Doughter)?

3.What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you?
Thank you soo much for your understanding and may almighty God bless you and your Family to the Glory of God Almighty,
My sincere regards,
Miss Elizabeth R. Williams



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