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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: "M. Houphouet Boigny Yannick" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 17:59:26 +0100

Je vous écrit ce courrier seulement pour appeler à
votre assistance. Avant toute chose je voudrais que
vous souteniez ma demande et soyez de bonne foi avec
moi. Je sais que vous ne me connaissez pas en
personne et nous n'avons pas eu de conversation
auparavant. Bien, laissez-moi vous parler de moi.
Je suis M. Houphouet Boigny Yannick, Je travaille en tant que
banquier ici à Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Je vous informe
que feu Dr. Richard Samuel d'Amérique est mort, il
travaillait avec les Nations Unies ici à Abidjan-Cote
D'Ivoire a déposé la somme de US$ 3,000,000 en
espèces. Cet argent est toujours dans le Département
du Transfert bancaire, dont je suis le Directeur,
attendant des réclamations.
Tout ce que je vous demande est de m'envoyer toutes
les informations requises de votre compte bancaire
afin que je puisse transférer sans délai les
US$3,000,000 dans votre compte .
En outre, je vous donnerai 30% de toute la somme, dès
que vous m'aiderez à recevoir l'argent à travers votre
banque. Je vous prie de me donner la suite très
rapidement, il n'y a aucun risque dans cette
transaction, et cette transaction ne vous coûtera
rien. Tout ce qu'elle vous coûtera est la vérité et
l'honnêteté qui doivent dominer dans cette
Merci, je suis dans l'attente de votre message, et
vous prie de bien vouloir me répondre à travers mon
adresse email :
I only writes to you this mail to call with
your assistance. First of all I would like that
you supported my request and are in good faith with
me. I know that you do not know me in
nobody and we had conversation
previously. Well, let to me speak to you about me.
I am M. Houphouet Boigny Yannick, I work as
banker here in Abidjan, Dimension Ivory. I inform you
that fire Dr.. Richard Samuel of America died east, it
worked with the United Nations here with Abidjan-Dimension
Of Ivory the sum of USS 3,000,000 deposited in
species. This money is always in the Department
banking Transfer, I am the Director,
awaiting complaints.
All that I you request is to send all to me
necessary information of your bank account
so that I can transfer without delay them
USS3,000,000 in your account.
Moreover, I will give you 30% of all the sum, as of
that you will help me to receive the money through your
bank. Please take the action pursuant very to me
quickly, there is no risk in this
transaction, and this transaction will not cost you
nothing. All that it will cost you is the truth and
honesty which must dominate in this
Thank you, I am in waiting of your message, and
you requests to agree to answer me through my
address email: houphouet_boigny_yannick@yahoo.Fr

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