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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: meracle akimazu <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 17:33:13 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From meracle And Rose

Our dear friend,

Compliment of the season.

We got your name and contact from the internet search.
We understand that you are capable in investing our money for us so we prayed over it before contacting you for help.

I am Meracle Akimazu (24 years old) while my sister Rosemary (22 years old). We are children of late Mr. RICHARD Akimazu who was a famous and wealthy cocoa merchant and Gold dealers based in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast. We are seeking your attention/assistance to help us retrieve the sum of (USD 2 500 000) two million and five hundred thousand United States American dollars into your custody for an investment purposes,such as real estates and stock markets, and any products from your company, as this money was deposited with my name in a security/finance deposit firm in overseas as next of kin before the sudden death of our father.

From the contents of our late father's WILL red by his lawyer, it was disclosed by our late father that he deposited this money in a security/finance deposit firm in overseas. And that the money was neatly arranged in a box, though he did declare to the management of the security company that the contents of the box are family treasures for security purposes.

So why we contacted you is to help us retrieve the consignment from the security company in overseas and invest the money in your country for us,and help us to continue our education, also you will help us to get our resident permit in your country. We are relying on you in this regard inorder to keep away from our uncle who killed our father, and now he is after our lives because of this money.

Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion and secrecy in all matters concerning this issue. Should you be interested please send us your full names, private phone/fax and current residential address and finally the security/finance deposit firm will be notified and your contacts forwarded to them to commence the movement of our consignment of fund into your custody in your country.

Please dear, I and my Sister (Rosemary) are willing to offer you a reasonable percentage of the total sum for any assistance you will render us in the course of moving the fund to your custody in your country. Kindly contact us immediately you get this mail declaring your willingness to assist us and we assure of your entitlements for all your assistances.
Have a wonderful time with your entire family.

You can reach us through this email address:
Yours sincerely,

Meracle and Rose Akimazu.

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