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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: "Christian Duke" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 06:30:25 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: From Christian Duke

From Christian Duke
Republic of Cote D'Ivoire.West Africa

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you, please i need a trust-worthy person that will help me to receive this money.

I will like to use this opportunity to introduce myself to you, I am Christian Duke the only son of Mr and Mrs Duke, i am 20 year old My father was a very wealthy Gold Merchant in Monrovia the Gold Capital of republic of Liberia in west africa. It is sad to say that he passed away my steriously.

Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his whom he does business with, and my motherdied when i was little a boy.

Before the death of my father in a hospital here in Cote DIvoire, he secretly called me and told me that he has the sum of (USD$15,million)United State Dollars left in one of the leading security company here in Abidjan Cote DIvoire West Africa.

He disguised the real content of the box as contain family valuables, which means that the security company is not aware of the real content of the box as contains money rather family valuable.

This he told me that, is for the safety of the money in the box. Except me and my late father,no one is aware that the box in the security company contains money.

I am presently staying in a guest house here in Abidjan Cote D,Ivoire, this is because i have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Cote D, Ivoire. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.

I'm now hiding in a local place here and I will compensate you with 20% of this money if you help me to receive this cash box l hope you will not betray the trust i have on you because this money is my only hope in this life and you will also help me to come over to your country to continue my education while you will invest my own share of the money for me.

Please consider this and get back to me as soon as possible for more

Thanks and am waiting for your response.

Christian Duke

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