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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: docas west <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 09:02:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: From Docas West

I am Docas West the Daugther of late Mr and Mrs West.
My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Bouake, the
economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to
death by his busines associates on one of their outing to
discuss on a business deal.

When my mother died on the 21st October 1994, my father
took me and my little Brother special because we are
motherless. Before the death of my father on 28th February
2004 in a private hospital here in bouake.

Before his death he secretly called me on his bedside and
told me that he has a sum of $5.5 (five Million,five
hundred thousand dollars)kept in a Trunk box, Deposited in
a Security Company here in abidjan,as a family treasure.And
he used my name being the First Child as the next of kin in
depositing the box.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth
and some huge amount of money his business associates
supposed to balance him from the deal they had,that he was
poisoned by his business associates.So he then told me that
I should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a
country of my choice where I will transfer this trunk box
to and use the money in it for investment purpose, (such as
real estate management).

Sir, we are honourably seeking for your assistance in the
following ways.
1)We want you to assist us to Transfer this Trunk box to
your country.
2) To assist us get a resident permit to your country and
also invest the money in the box for us in lucrative

Please consider this and get back to me on my private email
address at

Anticipating to hear from you soon.
Thanks and God Bless.

Best regards
Docas West.

Lèche-vitrine ou lèche-écran ? Yahoo! Magasinage.

Lèche-vitrine ou lèche-écran ? Yahoo! Magasinage.

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