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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: "natacha atat" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 14:55:25 -0400
Subject: From:Miss. Natacha Atat

From:Miss. Natacha Atat
Accra, Ghana.

Good day and how are you today. I hope fine. Permit me to inform you of my
desire of asking you to be a guardian or foster parent to me and then help
me out in what i am about to tell you. I'm Natacha Atat (18years old) from
Cote d'Ivoire, and the only child of Late Mr. & Mrs. Aldouf Atat. My father
was a very wealthy cocoa merchant here in Cote d'Ivoire.
He was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings
on a business trip. My mother died when i was a baby. Before the death of my
father on Sept. 2005 in a private hospital there in Cote d'Ivoire, he
secretly called me by his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Nine
million seven hundred and fifthy thousand United States Dollars USD
($9.750,000) deposited in a suspense account in one bank in Ghana. He told
me that he used my name (Natacha Atat) as the next of Kin to deposit the
money. He then strongly advised me NOT to seek for assistance in the
investment of the money from his lawyer nor any of his friend here but to
seek for a foreign partner from any country of my choice (outside my
country,Cote d'Ivoire ) that will assist me in the wise investment of the
money.I have since left the money in the bank with the view of making use of
it for investment purposes after my educational carrier.
But as you may be already aware by now, my country (Cote d'Ivoire ) is
presently at war caused by political crises. Rebels have already taken over
the whole Northern part of the country and making efforts towards the
capture of the commercial center of the country(Cote d'Ivoire),
I am presently in Ghana,where the money was deposited my late father and
finally decided to take quick actions and have this money transferred out of
the country Ghana that is why i need your urgent assistance to transfer it
out of the country and I will use it for investment purpose like real estate
management or hotel management Because of this i am honorably seeking your
assistance in the following ways:
(1) To be my guardian and then assist me financialy to transfer the money
into your bank account.
(2) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my
education and then settle there parmanently.
I am willing to offer you, 20 % of the total money as compensation for your
assistance. Please let me know if you feel the percentage i offered is not
ok by you.As soon as i recieve your full assurance and corporation,I will
then give you the bank contact information and then tell them to transfer
the money into your account as i want to come over to stay with you
parmanently. You shall then be giving me information on when the transfer
will be over.
I shall also send my picture to you and shall also need yours too.
No matter what your decision may turn out to be, please i beg you to reply
to my strictly on my private email address:( ).
Thanks and God bless you.
Miss. Natacha Atat.

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