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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: Jenny Kos <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 03:09:00 -0700 (PDT)


Dearest one,

Kindly permit me to discuss this problem of mine with you.I am Miss Jennifer Alice Kossa.My Father was the chairman of contract review panel in my country Cote d'Iviore before the problem of the land reform program and political crises in my country he was assasinated together with my Mother on the 26th september, 2002. Before the escalation in Cote DIviore just of resent I recovered $16.8Million US dollars from over inflated contracts by some government officials.

So this money was in my possession and I lodged it in a security company here in Abidjan. I have been trying to fly out of this country but it has been difficult for me to travel because of the present problems here in Cote d'voire, Africa. So I want you to help me make claims of this fund (16.8MU.S.D) beficiary and transfer the money to your account or any account of your choice before I can get a visa to fly down. So that we can share the money. I have agreed to give you 10%,which would be ($1.6Million dollars) of this Money for your assistance, and 87% would be mine and the other 3% would be set aside for any expenses that we may incure during the course of this transaction. And part of my 87% would be invested in your country in any profitable business propossed by you. While a large part of my share will be also be used to help the suffering people of my country.

We have never met, but I want to trust you and please do not let me down when this fund finally gets into your account. Please if you are interested, get to me through my email address to enable me feed you with more details and all necessary documentations. Please treat this as confidential.

Best regards.
Jennifer Alice Kossa.

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