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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: priceller kpne <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2006 20:25:30 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Confidential message.

From Mrs peiceller

It is my pleasure to write you after much consideration, Idecided to connect you in this profitable business for me and you.

Being the wife of late Chief of Defence Minister Mr priceller kpne of Republic of Sudan .
My late husband was assassinated by unknwon military men suspected to be planed by the present government.

Mr Guei my lovely husband Hedisclosed, to me that he deposited the sum of ($7million) US dollars with a bank in Abidjan_Cote d'voire that the money was deposited on behalf of a business foreign partner as the beneficiary,

Though according to my late husband he told me to take care of the money for the future of me and my only son with me now in cote d ivoire , so he instructed me to seek for a life time investment abroad.

As a result of this assassination we cannot stay in Sudan now.

I have succeeded in locating and confirming the existence of the fund,in one of the well knwon government bank here in Abidjan-Cote d'ivoire.
And also with most honest and confidentiality.

I am soliciting your assistance to help me on how to transfer this money from the bank in Abidjan-Cote d'ivoire to your bank account abroad so that we will invest the money in a lucrative business you will advice in your country.

You should understand that this fund is our only hope and future,

I am waiting anxiously to hear from you so that we can discuss the modalitie
of transfering this money.

Although I and my son Emmanuel have decided to give you ($1,000.000.00) interest from the total sum of ($7million ) the remaining balance will keep for us for investment in your country.

Please kindly contact me on the above email address immediately for more
discussion or call me on 0022506292346
Thank you and God blees you,

Mrs priceller

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