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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: "tina philip" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 17:38:19 +0000
Subject: From Tina Philip Abidjan.

From Tina Philip Abidjan.
Email ID (
Amina Guest Hotel
Dearest Friend,
    Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your name and contact from the Ivorian chamber of commerce and industry. I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to it is esteeming nature and there commendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person that I can do business with and by the recommendation; I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.

   I am Tina Philip the only child of late Mr/Mrs. Joseph Philip. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in
Abidjan; the economic capital of Ivory Coast, my father 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 and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on January 2001 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of ten million, five hundred thousand United State Dollars. US ($10.500, 000) left in one security company here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only daughter for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management . 
  Dear, I am honorably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am a young girl of 22 years without investment knowledge.
(2) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.
   Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as
Compensation for your EFFORT/INPUT after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas.
Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within seven working days you signify interest to assist me.
Anticipating  hearing from you soon.
Thanks and God bless.
Best regards,
Tina Philip

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