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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: Miss Ariane Ouattara <>
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 22:35:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hola queridos,

Hola queridos,
Complemento del día para usted, por favor, perdóname si me meto en su vida privada, mi nombre es Miss Ariane Ouattara, de 24 años, altura de 5 pies 11 pulgadas, peso 61, soy la única hija de Donald tarde Ouattara de Abidjan, Costa de Marfil en el oeste de África, mi padre era un magnate de los negocios y un político. He observado que son una importante personalidad antes de que me hice a la idea de contactar con usted. Por favor, me gustaría saber más acerca de usted, porque tengo conmigo algunos fondos que me gustaría invertir en un buen negocio por allá en su país. Me gustaría que pudieras ser honesto conmigo para que yo pueda entrar en esta inversión con usted por mí mismo y también tendrá su buenos consejos.
En primer lugar, me gustaría saber lo que haces para ganarte la vida, recuerda que me llamó la atención que fue por eso que en contacto con usted en el primer lugar. Vamos a conocernos a nosotros mismos más como nos comunicamos bien.
Gracias por su comprensión, con la esperanza de oír de usted pronto.
Desde mi corazón,
Srta. Ariane Ouattara
Hello dear,
Complement of the day to you, please pardon me if i interfere into your privacy, my name is Miss Ariane Ouattara, Age 24, height 5 ft 11 inches, weight 61, i am the only daughter of Late Mr. Donald Ouattara from ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast in west Africa, my father was a business tycoon and a politician. I observed you are an important personality before i made up my mind to contact you. Please i will like to know more about you because i have with me some funds which i will like to invest in a good business over there in your country. I wish you could be honest to me so that i can go into this investment with you by my self and i will also need your good advices.
First of all, I will like to know what you do for a living; remember you caught my attention that was why i contacted you in the first place. We will know ourselves more as we communicate along.
Thanks for your understanding, hoping to hear from you soon.
>From my heart,
Miss Ariane Ouattara

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