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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: "ELLEN BROUAKE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:45:54 -0800
Subject: Re:Read Carefully!!!

Dear Respected Friend,
I know my message will come to you as a surprise since you don't know me and we have not had any previous contact. Please forgive me if am disturbing your privacy.
My name is Miss.Ellen Brouake,The reason why I have contacted you is to explain my plight to you as to know if you can help me receive the sum of US$16.650,000.00 million dollars in your account. I inherited this money from my late father,Mr.konan Brouake who was assassinated by the rebels during the wars in Cote d’Ivoire, our neighboring country. My father made investment in cocoa and coffee plantations in Cote Ivoire but unfortunately he was assassinated during one of his business trips to Abidjan the Capital.
From all indication it was planned by his business partners who wanted to take over his investment in Cote d’Ivoire becuase We are from Cotonou,Republic of Benin,But my father did all his business in Cote d’Ivoire my mertanal home. After his funeral, I was able to discover in his safe an agreement he used to deposit money with a Security Company here in Abidjan. He had made the deposit for a business partner of whom he said will claim the money for a chocolate factory they intended to build.He did not mention the name of the partner in the Security Company document.
I went to the Security Company and they are asking me for that foreign partner. I therefore decided to contact you so that I can introduce you to the Security Company as my late fathers foreign partner to enable the Security Company to transfer the money to your account. I will reward you handsomely for this and you will help in the investment of the money in a lucrative investment you deem fit not just the chocolate factory.You will also help me relocate to your country. I therefore want you to provide the following information to enable me submit them at the Security Company for the transfer:
Your telephone number in case the Security Company wants to contact you directly. Once I receive the above information I will take it to the bank and instruct them to transfer the money to you. Please this money is my only hope in life and I therefore count on you not to abandon me when the Security Company transfers the money to you. I look forward to receive your quick response.
Your friend Ellen Brouake.

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