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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: "Ms. Suzan Alfarouk." <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 17:30:13 +0200
Subject: Hi From Suzan.

From Suzan and Williams/Appeal for Assistance.


We are Suzan and Williams Alfarouk from Sierra Leone. We are writing you from Rep of Cote 'Ivoire where we have been taking refuge after the brutal war and murder of our perants by the rebels during the renewed fighting in our country.

Because of the war our late Father sold his shipping company and took us to a nearby country Cote d'Ivoire where he deposited US$18,300,000.00 Million in his foreign account with one of the bank here in Cote d'Ivoire Pls, we got your profile from the Cote D'Ivoire chambers of commerce during our search for an international business relationship in your country and due to the current political sutuation in Ivory Coast we are seeking for your assistance to transfer this Money into any account you can provide to the bank here to make the transfer and know it that the transfer will be done legally by the bank here so that we will not meet any problem while the money is been transferred into your account, we think of both side legal protection.

And also you will help us relocate to your country to further our study and we are willing to offer you a reasonable rewards from the total sum for your help. We are ready to show you all proofs both about the deposit and the bank contact address so that you can make verifications before we get for the transfer of the money to you.

Please, Kindly contact us on this e-mail address ( for more details.

Best Regard
Suzan and Williams Alfarouk.
Tel: +225 0883 2663.

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