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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: "Alex" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 13:35:55 +0200
Subject: Hi from Alex

With due respect, trust and humanity, I write this letter to you seeking your help and assistance, though it is difficult since we have not met before In Abidjan regarding your business profile and sincerity, I beleive that you are capable and reliable in handling this urgent international transaction of this sorft.
I am Mr ALEX DIKKO EMILE , The Son of Professor EMILE BOGA DOUDOU. Former interior minister and a great politician in cote d' ivoire political arena. Because of my father's sincerity, He was killed on the 19th of september 2002 by unknown soldiers in his residential house during the coup plot in cote d' ivoire. See BBC news for more information about my late father's death.(<>)
Before his death he disclose to me about the diplomatic money he deposited in a [security company in Eroupe] containing US$ 4.5million ( Four million Five hundred thousand dollars) and my name was the next of kin and the original document of deposit is intact. The fear of money not raising eye brows here in cote d' ivoire I decided to contact you seeking for your help, For you to stand as my late father's business assocaite in the security company, I will give you more information as soon as i hear from you.
I want to assure you that this transaction is 40% free as no other person knows this box and the content of it apart from me and you.
I planned to invest the rest of the money in your country under your guidiance if only you will believe me and be a trust worlthy, some body that I can trust with my life. If you are willing to help me try as much as possible to reach me through the email to enable us proceed in earnest towards concluding all transaction. dear, bear in mind that my life depend on this fund and I do hope that this money will be safe when finally transfer into your new account. I do hope of establishing a rewarding and good relationship with you and your family after this transaction hoping to hear from you as soon as possible.
I am 22 years old, single, I am also a christain but I was ment to understand that a man has no religion untill he is under a family. I promised to abide to any religion you and your family are into, if really you can be able to assist me.
If possible you can come and i will give you all the valid documents that lead to where this fund is deposited, or I will give you the contact of the security company in Europe to enable you to contact the bank director and discuss with them on how they will deliever the consignment to you over there. Please urgently contact me with my e mail adresse ( <> )Thanks for your co-operation and God bless.
Best regard

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