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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: Olga Petukhova <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 15:56:12 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: seeking your assistance

Dear Confidant
Greetings.I am Olga Petukhova , 30 years and a Russian by origin.I am presently based in Abidjan,Cote d'ivoire due to the fact that I was married to a military General in the Ivorian army, late Gen. Laja Casarate who died on the 24th November 2005 in a military hospital.I met the late General Laja Casarate in Russia in the year 2002 when he came there for a military course and we dated for sometime and eventually got married and have only one son with him whose name is Bonne . My main aim of writing you this message is that immediately the doctor anounced that my late husband has given up, his so called extended family came and drove me and my son Bonne out of our residence and locked up the place and claimed that my late husband has a legally indigenous wedded wife that had two children for him before me. They insisted that myself and my son Bonne should go back to Russia and stay until the family would decide on the sharing of the property left behind. This has
been a very big shock to me that has almost damaged my health because I can not go back to Russia since I have lost my parents and contact with my extended family who were actually againt my marriage to my late husband, General Laja Casarate. Before my husband's death,he had brought home one big metal box and told me that the box was seized from Buake, a rebel region of Cote d'ivoire and he opened the box in my presence, and to my surprise,it was full of foreign currencies totalling twelve Million Euros ( 12,000,000 Euros ) and we both went and deposited this box of funds in a securities company as family valuables and treasures. His plans was to use the money after retiring from the army to contest for the forthcoming presidential election and none of his family member is aware of this fund except myself .I am hereby seeking your advice and assistance on how to get this funds out of this country and also seek advice for any profitable business that I can invest this
money on in your country. Immediately I read from you I will give you more information and send you proofs.
God bless you.
Yours sincerely,
Olga Petukhova

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