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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: melcelline akuaku <>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 18:08:09 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: urgent business attention

FROM:Miss Melcelline Aku Abidjan Cote d' ivoire

Dearest repectfull one,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your name and contact from the Ivoirian chamber of commerce and
industry. I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to its esteeming nature and the recommendation 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 Miss Melcelline Aku the only Daughter of late Mr.and Mrs.AkuYao .
My father was a very wealth cocoa merchant in Abidjan and Ghana , the economic capital of Ivory coast,

my father was poisoned to dearth 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 November 2000 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side
and told me that he has the sum of fifteen million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD ($15,500.000) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan ,that he used my
name as his only son 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 .
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1) To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to .
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 18 years.
(3) 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, sir 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 fourteen (14 days you signify
interest to assist me).

Anticipating to hear from you

Thanks and God bless.
Best regards,
Miss Melcelline Aku



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