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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: "Mr. Athenz Udoma" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 04:27:58 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Reply and call me.

I humbly crave your indulgence in sending you this email, Before I proceed I would like to introduce my self to you. 
My name is Mr. Athenz Udoma. an attorney here in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.I have urgent and confidential business preposition for you that will benefit both of us.  
The opportunity I presented to you today which I considered a "GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY" golden because this kind of opportunity is rare and it does not come everyday, so, I am grabbing it with both hands.
To go straight to my point, I have with me here in Abidjan,Cote d' Ivoire Alvis Nana Dabo son of late Baciro Dabo presidential candidate and a former Defense Minister who was killed on Friday 5th June by soldiers in Guinea-Bissau who accused him of plotting a coup “ you can see that on BBCNEWS” 
Before his father's death he deposited about $20,000.000.00 with a Bank here in Abidjan which he use Alvis as the next of kin and WILLED the fund in his favor, right now the son is hiding here in Abidjan to get the fund transferred outside this country and considering the circumstance at hand he want to use a foreigner to get this fund transfer so we seek you
assistance to present you as Alvis friend to get this fund transferred and you will be highly compensated. 
The fund in question is $20, 000, 000, 00 (Twenty Million United State dollars) and you will be entitled to 20% of the total fund. I was close to his late father and with my experience as a lawyer I will make sure every document is authentic so that the transaction will be 100% risk free. 
I need an urgent response from you if you are interested in this deal then I will get you the procedure.
Best personal regards,
Mr. Athenz Udoma

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