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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: loveth aruna <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 19:32:23 +0700 (ICT)
Subject: Dear belove,

Dear belove,
Greetings to you. My name is Loveth Aruna . I am writing you from Cote D'ivoire. As you are aware there is a civil war here and the war claim the life of my parents that is why I am writing you for assistance.

My late father was from Bouake in the north. This place is now in the rebels hands. He was killed for supporting the government side.
I am 22 years old girl and my school has been terminated by the crisis.

I want to reveal to you that my late father made a deposit in a security company here of $8,500,000( eight million five hundren thousand dollars)
This money was for an investment in overseas when he died.

I have all the proof with me. I am now leaving with a pastor, a man of God whom I am staying with. He and the family are good to me. He will handle everything when you reply and are ready to help me retrieve the money and invest on my behalf.

You will need to arrange a school for me and keep the money safe.
Please write me back and send your detail
1,telephone number,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
2,your country,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
3,your occpuation,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
3,your fax,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
3,copy of your passport..............
4,residential area.............
5,your photo,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
6,Bank Name and Address ...............
7,Account Number...........
8,Scanned copy of your International Passport or Drivers' Licence or any form of genuine indentity you have.

phone number so that the man of God can call you and discuss with you.

May God bless you for caring for an orphan.
Awaiting to hear from you soonest.

Loveth Aruna,

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