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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: linda kuba <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 08:39:21 +0900 (JST)

Dearest One,

After carefully reading and considering your profile, I wish to apeal for your help, I hope you're fine, my name is Miss Linda Kuba, the only daughter of Mr and Mrs Coulibaly Kuba, I'm 19 Years old, I'm unmarried without kids. Unfortuantely, life is not that so good on my side.

My sufferings and ordeals began after my uncle masterminded the killing and mysterious disappearance of my father in his business visit to France . This painful lose of my father traumatises me everyday, because I'm living in difficulty. All the assets of my father has been taken away by my
uncles, due to the fact that I'm not able to carry out any actions against them because my life is largely treatened. Before the death of my father, I was a student reading chemical engineering at the university and could not complete this program due to these problems.

One important thing I would like to tell you is about my father deposit in a security company, before his death he deposited a Metalic trunk box containing (8.700 Million United States Dollars ), in Abidjan cote d'ivoire West Africa, which he disguised and declared the box to contain family
valuables instead of money, by this way the company does not know the true content of the box. I have in my possesion the deposit document which the company gave to my late father when he deposited the box with the security company. I really don't know what to do. This is because I have suffered
a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in cote d'ivoire.
The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I am in a sincere desire of your assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can you honestly and willingly help me?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you
after the money is in your country?
4. Can you stand in as my father's foriegn partner to claim the box from the company?

If you decide to positively help me, I will send you the deposit document and the informations to contact the security company for information about the box Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you so much and God bless you.

Kind regards,
Linda Kuba

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