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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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Fraud email example:

From: lizzy johnson <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 13:06:47 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From Miss Lizzy Johnson

>From Miss Lizzy Johnson
Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
West Africa.


I am Miss Lizzy Johnson , the only Daughter of late Mr.and Mrs Johnson Koto, My father was a highly reputable business magnet who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days.

It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad on the 18th octomber 2001. Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of mine who travelled with him the time. But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 9yrs old, and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on octomber 2001, he called me and informed me that he has the sum of Fifteen Million, Five Hundred thousand United State Dollars.

( USD$15,500,000.00)left in a metallic box he deposited in a private security company here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire.He told me that he did not disclose the content of the box to the security company because he deposited the box as a family treasures and valuables.He did that for security purpose. He further told me again that he deposited the money in my name, and also gave me all the necessary legal documents regarding to this deposit with the private security company.

I am just 22 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. Now I want an honest and GOD fearing partner overseas who I can transfer this deposit with his assistance and after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in your country till such a time that it will be convinient for me to return back home if I so desire. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I also want to invest the fund under your care because I am ignorant of business world.

I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the deposit is delivered to your care?

Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Immedaitely I confirm you are willing to help me in ernest, I will give you more details involved in this project.

Thanks and God Bless You
Yours Sincere
Miss Lizzy Johnson.

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