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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: "ben ozohbro" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 08:17:25 +0000

>From Mr Ben OZOHBRO,
good day to you,

Please I need your help, and i want you to help me to transfer this money
I am MR Ben OZOHBRO, the only Son of late Mr and Mrs OZOHBRO. My father was
a Cocoa Trader in Free Town the Capital of republic of Sierra Leone,

I want to let you know that my father was poisoned by his business
associates while my mother died when i am little and my father took me so
special because I am his only son. and the only sister which have died in a
gun shot when we are trying to escap the war in my country, before the
death of my father on 6th August 2005 he told me that he has the sum of
(USD $4M ) which he deposited in a bank here in Cote D'ivoire. he made this
money from the sales of Cocoa,

He also told me that it was because of this money he was poisoned by his
business patners while on a business trip with them and he instructed me to
look for a foreign partner who will help me transfer this money out of
republic of Cote Divoire and invest it for me, my purpose of contacting you
is for you to help transfer this money to your country so that i will come
over to your country to furtyher my education and you will invest this money
in your country because of, this people who kill my father are after my life
and they want to kill me and collect the this money from me , that is why
I'm now hiding my self here in republic of Cote Divoire so that they will
not see me, please i need your urgent help, Tell me how much percentage you
will take in the total money of the $4, Million Dollars to help me in
transfering this money to your account. but you have to assure me that you
will help me fully to transfer the money to your account , l hope you will
not betray the trust i have on you because this money is my only hope in
this life ,and moreover you will also help me to come over to your country
were i will settel down for my life and invest this money for me.

i am giving you assurance that this money belongs to me and it is my
inheritance from my late father, please i realy need your help.

I am waiting to hear from you,

Mr Ben Ozohbro,

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